Non Communicable Disease (NCD) negotiations
Blogs and articles by KEI
- April 22, 2011. Six NGOs present recommendations for Moscow WHO forum on non-communicable diseases. http://keionline.org/node/1118
- September 10, 2011. Krista Cox, Obama Administration Wants to Eliminate References to Doha Declaration in UN Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases. KeiOnline.Org, http://www.keionline.org/node/1252
- September 16, 2011. James Love,Will the UN backtrack on accessible medicine? The US and Europe are pushing the UN to flout the Doha Declaration, which improves poorer countries' access to drugs, Al Jazeera. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/09/201191492714279493.html
- September 16, 2011. James Love. What the 2001 Doha Declaration Changed. http://www.keionline.org/node/1267
Relevant KEI web pages
- Timeline on Global Health Norm setting on non-communicable diseases
- August 4, 2011. Paul Miano, Approval, ownership, market structure, and placement on WHO EML for 100 new cancer NMEs on NCI alpha list, KEI Research Note 2011:1
Misc NGO States, Articles and News Reports, etc
- UAEM poster on NCDs
- April 21, 2011. Statement to Member States at Moscow Ministerial conference on NCDs, by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Oxfam, Third World Network (TWN), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), and Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN)
- May 24, 2011. UAEM Statement to the World Health Assembly on Access to NCD Treatments
- September 1, 2011. UAEM. Alarmed Global AIDS activists Join the Fight to Ensure a Successful UN Non-Communicable Disease Summit.
- September 9, 2011. Deborah Cohen, "The final declaration for the UN summit on NCDs, BMJ
- September 16, 2011. Brook Baker, on IP-Health, Comment on Bloomberg on patent talks in NCD discussions
- September 16, 2011. William New, Questions Arise Over UN Policy On Non-Communicable Diseases And IP Rights. IP-Watch
- July 8, 2011, IFPMA launches NCD Framework for Action
- September 16, 2011. Peter Pitts. A Challenge to Uncivil Society. http://drugwonks.com/blog_post/show/7937
- Sep 15, 2011, Rep. Waxman Calls for Leadership from Secretary Sebelius at UN Meeting on Access to Affordable Medicine
. . . the United States should support the inclusion of references to the Doha Declaration and the TRIPS flexibilities confirmed therein. The Doha Declaration was adopted by the World Trade Organization in 2001 to make clear that international intellectual property rules “can and should be interpreted and implemented in a manner supportive of WTO Members’ rights to protect public health and, in particular, to promote access to medicines for all.”
Such references are consistent with the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, which discusses NCDs and states that flexibilities recognized by the Doha Declaration “that would permit improved access [to health products] need to be considered for action by national authorities in light of the circumstances in their countries.”
Failure by the United States to support mention of the Doha Declaration would undermine a decade of progress in safeguarding the right of developing countries to take action in urgent circumstances to lower drug costs and scale up treatments of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- Breast and cervical cancer in 187 countries between 1980 and 2010: a systematic analysis, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61351-2/fulltext
The authors also put out a press release. Here are some highlights:
- “Women in high-income countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are benefiting from early cancer screenings, drug therapies, and vaccines,” said Dr. Rafael Lozano, Professor of Global Health at IHME and one of the paper’s co-authors. “We are seeing the burden of breast and cervical cancer shifting to low-income countries in Africa and Asia. This is one of the early signs of the emerging threat of noncommunicable diseases in these countries. Everyone has been talking about that threat. Now the trend is clear.”
- In the past, complications from pregnancy and childbirth were among the leading causes of death in women under age 50. Based on current trends, breast and cervical cancer are likely to soon approach maternal causes of death in developing countries. In the Middle East and North Africa, for example, nearly 40% of all breast cancer deaths are in women of reproductive age, compared to 10% in much of Europe. In countries such as Bangladesh, the fraction is higher than 50%.
- In countries such as the US, 1 in 32 women risked dying from breast cancer in 1980, and that risk decreased to 1 in 47 by 2010. In countries such as Rwanda, the opposite happened: 1 in 97 women risked dying from breast cancer in 1980, and now 1 in 60 women are at risk.