10 Sep 2013

GHTC Briefing Paper, Volume 2

Perspectives from nonprofits on accelerating product development and improving access for low- and middle-income countries

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “financing and coordination of health research” briefing papers provide examples and perspectives from nonprofit product development organizations (NPPDs) — nongovernmental organizations that partner with the public, philanthropic/not-for-profit, and private sectors to develop technologies targeted at neglected diseases and conditions of high morbidity and mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The first paper in this series sets the stage by providing examples of how NPPDs approach product development and the key challenges that NPPDs and their partners face in developing and introducing technologies that address the health needs of LMICs. This second paper provides the perspectives of NPPDs on the most significant funding challenges and the types of financing mechanisms that support their work.

Subsequent papers will detail the identified gaps, challenges, and solutions, and will explore how NPPDs:

  • Ensure access in LMICs to the knowledge and technologies they develop.
  • Address regulatory challenges throughout the product development process.
  • Work with local partners in LMICs to strengthen their research and manufacturing capacity.

Visit the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) website for more information.