The adverse impact of tuberculosis (TB), malaria and neglected tropic diseases (NTDs) on development outcomes has resulted in new approaches and partnerships to tackle the global deficiencies in research and development, and treatment access. One such initiative is the strategic partnership between the Government of Japan and UNDP, which promotes research and development, and expedites access to and delivery of health technologies used to address TB, malaria and NTDs. This partnership comprises two complementary components, which reflect the Government of Japan’s and UNDP’s strategic goals on global health:
The Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, which focuses on the promotion of innovation and research through the development of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for TB, malaria and NTDs. The GHIT Fund stimulates research and development of new health technologies through funding research and product development partnerships between Japanese and non-Japanese organizations.
The Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP), which aims at assisting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) enhance their capacity to access, deliver and introduce new health technologies for TB, malaria and NTDs.
Led and coordinated by UNDP, the ADP is a unique collaboration between UNDP, TDR (The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, which is co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO) and PATH. Working together, the project partners will leverage the expertise within each organization to provide the full range of technical skills necessary to strengthen capacity in LMICs. The ADP emphasizes consultation, collaboration and implementation with partner country governments and stakeholders, working to develop LMICs’ capacities to access and introduce new technologies.
New health technologies are broadly defined as drugs, diagnostic tools and vaccines that are relevant for the prevention, treatment or cure of TB, malaria and NTDs, but are not yet available for market introduction or have not been introduced in LMICs. The introduction of new health technologies can place burdens on existing health systems, including new requirements for drug regulation, supply and distribution and health personnel training. Accordingly, the ADP will focus on providing LMIC stakeholders with the necessary skills to develop the systems and processes required to effectively access new health technologies, and introduce them to populations in need.
The ADP is a five-year project, running from April 2013 until March 2018.
This short video provides a snapshot of what is required to improve access to effective treatments and diagnostics within health systems, and to help ensure they reach the people and communities most in need.