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Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years: The Joy of Stats January 28th, 2011

This wonderfully creative four-minute graphic lecture combines enormous quantities of public data with an entertaining style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. In this video, Hans Rosling, a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and global health activist, explores statistics in an appealing way – using augmented reality animation.

In the ‘The Joy of Stats’ Dr. Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Dr. Rosling shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

Medicines Patent Pool Formally Established June 9th, 2010

UNITAID BoardThe Board of UNITAID, the European entity funded by an airline tax to support increased HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB treatment in developing countries, has formally established a Medicines Patent Pool. NGOs and faith-based shareholders concerned about access to medicines among the poor in developing countries have pressed for the formation of a patent pool as a way to lower costs and increase availability of essential medicines.

The Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNITAID and the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation (MPPF) on June 8. The MPPF will be established as an independent organization under Swiss Law. The 3 founders are Paulo Teixeira (Brazil), Charles Clift (UK) and Benard Pecoul (France).

Interested in learning more? Go to other posts on this website and the UNITAID website.

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