The Programme for Global Paediatric Research

Zipursky, Alvin
December 2011
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Dec2011, Vol. 34 Issue 6, pE320
Academic Journal
When it comes to global health, there is no 'them'… only 'us.'" Global Health Council There is a major anomaly in child health research. The majority of pediatric research resources and expertise is located in the developed world, whereas the vast majority of childhood disease and mortality is in the developing world. This disequilibrium has been referred to as the "10/90 gap", suggesting that only 10% of global health research dollars are devoted to conditions that account for 90% of the global disease burden (Global Forum for Health Research). The Programme for Global Paediatric Research (PGPR) began as an effort to include, in a major pediatric research conference, topics dealing with diseases of children in the developing world in order to engage more interest and more research dollars. It has evolved into a program educating and linking professionals, and developing global networks of colleagues working collaboratively to solve major childhood health problems.


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