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Institute for OneWorld Health hosts panels at ASTMH

Focus on clinical trials in developing countries, enhancing ORT for diarrhea

Institute for OneWorld Health

The Institute for OneWorld Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the U.S., is sponsoring two symposia at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). In addition to the panel presentations listed below, global health experts are available to speak to the media. More information is available at

Rising to the Challenge: A discussion of successful strategies for conducting clinical trials in developing countries. As the pharmaceutical industry becomes more involved in developing medicines for people in resource-constrained regions, understanding the challenges associated with completing clinical trials in these regions is essential. OneWorld Health will convene experts in clinical trials to explore how guidelines established elsewhere can be successfully translated into practice in developing countries and how to meet the challenges and needs of study participants as well as sponsors.

Enhancing ORT:
Current status and future directions. With more than 2 million deaths per year due to diarrheal disease, there is a need to develop and implement tools that complement the current standard treatment in developing countries of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). OneWorld Health brings together a panel of clinicians and global health experts to review the current situation and practice of ORT in developing countries, and discuss novel interventions to combat secretory diarrheal disease. These experts will also share their insight on how these new strategies can be integrated into health policies that influence the current system of care.

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH),
Hilton Washington Hotel and Towers, Washington, DC

Sunday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005
Rising to the Challenge: Monday, Dec. 12, 1:30 - 3:15 pm, Jefferson East
Enhancing ORT: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:00 - 9:45 am, International West


Sedef Onder, The Halo Project, 212-699-3761 or cell: 212-464-7332,
Joanne Hasegawa, OneWorld Health, 415-421-4700 ext. 322,

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