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Research and development, innovation

Our work on health research and development encompasses two main components:

  • Research & Development: Financing and Coordination
  • WHO strategy on research for health

Research & Development: Financing & Coordination

The Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination was mandated to take forward the work of its predecessor, the Expert Working Group on R&D Financing and Coordination (EWG); deepen the analysis of the proposals in the EWG’s report; consider additional submissions and proposals from Member States, any regional and subregional consultations, and from other stakeholders; and to examine the appropriateness of different R&D financing approaches and the feasibility of implementation of these approaches in each of the six WHO regions, with subregional analysis, as appropriate.

In resolution WHA66.22 the Health Assembly requested the Director-General, inter alia to: (1) establish a global health research and development observatory within the Secretariat in order to monitor and analyse relevant information on health research and development; (2) review existing mechanisms in order to assess their suitability to perform the coordination function of health research and development; and (3) explore and evaluate existing mechanisms for financial contributions to health research and development and, if there is no suitable mechanism, to develop a proposal for effective mechanisms, and a plan to monitor their effectiveness independently.

Background Documents for the 140th Session of the Executive Board: January 2017

Agenda Item 8.5: Follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination.

WHA69.23, inter alia, requested the Director-General to submit to the Seventieth World Health Assembly, through the Executive Board at its 140th session, a proposal with goals and an operational plan for a voluntary pooled fund to support research and development for Type III and Type II diseases and specific research and development needs of developing countries in relation to Type I diseases. EB140/21 addresses this request in general. TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, has developed a more detailed draft operational plan and the WHO Secretariat has undertaken a study that provides additional detail regarding options for sustainable funding of the voluntary pooled fund.

An Equal Opportunity: Achieving Access 2030

Financing the Strategic Workplan to Address Global Health Research & Development Needs

Open-ended meeting of Member States: 02-04 May 2016

WHA66.22 requests the Director-General to convene an open-ended meeting of Member States prior to the 69th World Health Assembly, in order to assess progress and continue discussions on the remaining issues in relation to monitoring, coordination and financing for health research and development.

WHO strategy on research for health

The strategy has five main Goals:

  • Capacity - building capacity to strengthen health research systems
  • Priorities - supporting the setting of research priorities that meet health needs particularly in low and middle income countries
  • Standards - creating an environment to create good research practice and enable the greater sharing of research evidence, tools and materials
  • Translation - ensuring quality evidence is turned into products and policy
  • Organization - action to strengthen the research culture within WHO and improve the management and coordination of WHO research activities