WHO launches online tool to tackle ‘urgent need’ to combat threats to global health
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In a bid to improve the treatment of neglected diseases and threats to global health, the UN health agency WHO launched an online resource on Wednesday, designed to guide research into new health products.
The free-to-use Health Product Profile Directory, which the WHO describes as “an essential tool for realizing universal health coverage,” so far contains research information on 196 products, with a strong focus on infectious diseases.
The Ebola outbreak that began in 2014 in West Africa, highlighted the importance of centralizing information in order to fight neglected diseases, antimicrobial resistance and diseases with the potential to spread pandemics, so that research and development is more effective, and better coordinated.