WHO mission briefing on reform: State of play on World Health Forum, Independent Evaluation and GovernanceSubmitted by thiru on 5. July 2011 - 1:19
On 1 July 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a Mission Briefing in Geneva for WHO delegates to discuss WHO reform.
In response to the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D Financing's (CEWG) calls for submissions, 21 proposals were submitted to the CEWG in June 2011 for consideration by the CEWG at their second meeting (7-8 July 2011).
The general link to the WHO CEWG submissions page can be found here: http://www.who.int/phi/news/cewg_submissions/en/index.html
Reproduced below from the WHO CEWG page are links to all the proposals in the order they appear on the WHO page.
Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG)
On Wednesday, 25 May 2011, the 129th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board approved Decision, EB129(8) on "WHO reform for a healthy future". Reproduced below is the text of the Decision which is yet to be published on the WHO website in all 6 UN languages.
EB129(8) WHO reform for a healthy future
The Executive Board,
WIPO SCP16: Joint proposal of the African Group and the Development Agenda Group on a work program on Patents and HealthSubmitted by thiru on 18. May 2011 - 4:20
Update: The proposal has now been formally published on the WIPO web site as SCP/16/7.
On 11 March 2011, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), convened an "informal advisory meeting" to review different approaches to "securing greater coherence in global health" and to further WHO's core function of "the directing and coordinating authority on international health work". A summary report of this informal advisory meeting and the WHO's background paper on "Global Health Governance and the WHO" can be found here: http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/WHOglobalhealthgovernancedraft.pdf
Six NGOs, including 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), recently submitted recommendations to Member States to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries in advance of the Moscow Ministerial conference.
A PDF of the joint statement with logos of the groups is available here:
Attached below are two PDF files that were used in my presentation today at the 1st meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). I did not following the text that closely. The WHO is making a video of all of the presentations, which will be made available later.
April 2011: WHO to tackle pandemic influenza, de-linkage, prizes, R&D financing and non-communicable diseasesSubmitted by thiru on 18. March 2011 - 4:16
April 2011 ushers in a busy period for the World Health Organization.
On 20 February 2011, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General - Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization, responded to KEI's letter (16 February 2011) regarding McKinsey, vaccine policy and competing interests. Here is the response in full (email contacts have been redacted).
From: "Fukuda, Keiji"
Date: February 20, 2011 4:14:05 PM GMT+01:00
To: "Thiru Balasubramaniam"
On 15 February 2011, the Co-Chairs of the WHO Open-Ended Working Group of Member States on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (OEWG) held a consultation with civil society. The Co-chairs of the OEWG are Ambassador J. Gomez-Camacho, Mexico and Ambassador B. Angell-Hansen, Norway.