As part of the follow-up on the Report of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) , the World Health Assembly, in resolution WHA66.22 and WHA decision 66(12), requested the Director-General of the WHO to “facilitate through regional consultations and broad engagement of relevant stakeholders the implementation of a few health research and development demonstration projects to address identified gaps that disproportionately affect developing countries, particularly the poor, and for which immediate action can be taken.
When: 3 - 5, December 2013
Where: WHO Headquarters, Geneva
A public briefing on establishing a Global Observatory for Health Research and Development (R&D) was held by the WHO Secretariat on 6th December 2013. Developing a global health R&D Observatory is one of the actions agreed by the Member States under the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. This briefing was attended by representatives of 37 Member States, 10 civil society groups, some PDPs and funders, with a few joining via the WebEx online conference facility.
For the first time, the three intergovernmental organizations dealing with health, intellectual property and trade have pooled their expertise to produce a study of the mix of policies needed to advance medical technologies and to ensure they reach the people who need them the most. The study, “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation“, was launched on 5 February 2013, by the heads of the three organizations — WHO, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO). Former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, who is also the former Chairperson of the WHO Commission on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH), chaired the event.
In order to deepen the analyses presented in the Background document prepared for the open-ended meeting of Member States in November 2012 - where the report and the feasibility of the recommendations proposed by the Consultative Expert Review Group's report were discussed - the WHO Secretariat has developed draft Working Papers focusing on four main elements: the Global Observatory for Health Research and Development (R&D); R&D coordination and prioritization; R&D financing; and options for demonstration projects. The Working Papers are drafts and will be revised based on feedback received.