Home > News > Public Health Updated 27 September 2013 Talks to supply medicines worldwide Leaders from around the world are discussing ways to improve health system infrastructures and vaccine donations. 0 Shutterstock Related South Africans embrace generic meds Madonsela: Treat patients with respect Leaders of research-based pharmaceutical industries have called for continued dialogue and engagement as governments gather in New York to review efforts for the achievement of the United Nations millennium development goals. They want to chart a new pathway for global development beyond 2015.With more than 220 global partnerships addressing a wide range of diseases and focusing on prevention, improvements in health system infrastructures, training, pharmaceutical R&D, and medicine and vaccine donations, the industry plays an important role in advancing progress toward the health-related development goals. A new publication launched by the international federation of pharmaceutical manufacturers & associations shows that transformative partnerships and accountability frameworks between civil society, the private sector and governments can promote more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. Meeting unmet needsThe director general of the international federation of pharmaceutical manufacturers & associations, Eduardo Pisani, says "there is need to pool efforts as never before."This call for action resonates strongly with the research-based pharmaceutical industry – where expanding access to healthcare and meeting unmet medical needs are at the very core of our daily operations." Pisani said emerging issues such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases would increasingly challenge health systems worldwide in the next 15 years.Development goalsNearly 80% of deaths due to these 'non-communicable' diseases occur in low- and middle-income countries and will inevitably increase pressure to find cost-effective interventions to prevent or treat diseases. "To maximize the impact of private sector action on global health goals, we need proactive, cross-sector engagement in framing the next set of development goals," said Pisani."The original development goals were conceived without a clear map as to how the private sector could contribute, but pharmaceutical companies came to the fore anyway. They recognised the need that existed for their unique contributions."Photo: Pharmaceutical industry from Shutterstock NEXT ON HEALTH24X 2016 Health of the Nation Survey 2016-11-14 09:34 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News 2016 Health of the Nation Survey Medical Could regular pot smoking harm vision? Lifestyle Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure? Medical Missing two hours of sleep can double chances of car crash Medical SEE: This 20cm bionic penis can cure ED Medical New drug combo keeps breast cancer at bay for longer From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.