SDLP: Durkan pays tribute to ‘vital work’ of global health partnerships

SDLP MP for Foyle, Mark Durkan.
SDLP MP for Foyle, Mark Durkan.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has tabled a parliamentary motion at Westminster paying tribute to the vital work of global health partnerships in developing treatments and vaccines to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and is calling on the British government to maintain and employ its position as a leading funder of such partnerships to encourage increased contributions from other donor countries.

Mr Durkan said: “I want to pay tribute to the highly valuable and effective research and development (R&D) work into innovative global health goods carried out by public-private partnerships such as the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, the International AIDS Vaccine Alliance and the TB Alliance.

“These partnerships carry out vital work in accelerating the development of new or improved treatments, vaccines, microbicides, formulations and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with a focus on efficacy and implementation in affected regions such as sub-Saharan Africa.

“This work meets an urgent demand not currently met by market-based models of medical R&D and allows the integration and co-ordination of international research and the development of long-term medical research capacity in developing countries.

“I am calling on the British government to maintain and employ its position as a leading funder of such partnerships to encourage increased contributions from other donor countries and private sector partners, particularly European Union member states.”