Much of the work being done also includes educational/awareness programs, capacity building, transportation, infrastructure, and technical support. Most all of the programs correlate directly with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well. The MDGs, many of which target health and healthcare, aim to reduce extreme poverty worldwide.
The directory can be searched online at http://www.ifpma.org/healthpartnerships/. Also of interest is the 2010 Access to Medicines Index, a publication put out by the international Access to Medicine Foundation. This index ( http://www.accesstomedicineindex.org/) analyzes and ranks access-to-medicines efforts of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Check out PharmTech's ongoing coverage of the pharmaceutical industry's efforts to improve global healthcare beginning next month.Angie Drakulich is the managing editor of Pharmaceutical Technology.