On 4 February 2011, WikiLeaks passed on to the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, a cable dated 1 November 2007 from the US Embassy in London entitled "UK AGREES WITH US APPROACH TO UPCOMING WHO INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC HEALTH, INNOVATION, AND IP" signed by "LEBARON".
26 September 2011, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Proochista Ariana, Health Impact Fund – Raising Issues Of Distribution, IP Rights And Alliances, IP-Watch. Thomas Pogge and Jake Hirsch-Allen published a response on October 3, 2011.
Selected KEI Blogs on the Health Impact Fund
KEI Statement on WHA 63 Establishment of Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Finance and CoordinationSubmitted by James Love on 21. May 2010 - 10:30
The World Health Assembly (WHA) has just adopted a new resolution on the "Establishment of a Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Finance and Coordination." The resolution is just over 4 pages. It represents a dramatic response to the earlier WHO Expert Working Group (EWG), by
- calling for a more member state driven role in establishing the membership of the group,
- focusing extensively by the need to deepen the analysis,
Dr. Mary Moran was a member of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D financing. According to one WHO official, she was also hired by the World Health Organization to write key sections of the report, managed the selection criteria, ended up giving her own proposal the highest rating, and was asked by the WHO to address the May 13th consultations with WHO member states. Yesterday Dr. Moran approached me in part to ask that she not be identified as an employee of the George Institute.
Last evening the Global Health Council (GHC) and the Global Health Forum (GHF) co-hosted an event on funding R&D for neglected diseases. The event was one of several hosted by the GHC at the posh Intercontinental Hotel.
A "proposal" for PDP funding was presented by Novartis, IAVI and Mary Moran. Called PDP+, it was an attempt to "merge" three different proposals that were endorsed by the WHO Expert Working Group (EWG).
Briefing on the Report of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing
19 April, 2010
Rue de Lausanne 78, Salle LEH
Médecins Sans Frontières
The WHA Executive Board (EB) has been asked to submit to the 2010 World Health Assembly (WHA) a report by the the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing. This report was presented to the WHO EB in January 2010. A meeting of the EB to consider the report will be held on May 13, 2010.
The briefing on Monday April 19 will review the following topics.
9:30am – 10:00am
The following statement was delivered by Thailand on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 during the discussion of agenda item 4.3 on public health, innovation and intellectual property. This statement requested Dr. Chan (Director-General, WHO) to conduct an investigation of the leaks of documents of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing to the IFPMA. In its statement, Thailand noted that the circle of trust had been broken.
I thank Madame DG to her explanation about the process and documentations including her constructive advices
On Monday, 18 January 2010, Brazil delivered the following statement to the 126th session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) under agenda item 4.3 "public health, innovation and intellectual property". In her intervention, the delegate of Brazil stressed,
At the proverbial 11th hour today, the World Health Organization published the final report of the "World Health Organization Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing" in English three days before the commencement of the 126th session of the WHO Executive Board on January 18, 2010. At this juncture, it does not appear that the WHO Secretariat has made available official versions of this Report in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish for Member States' consideration.
New documents have been published on the WHO website in relation to the third meeting of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing that took place from November 30 to December 2, 2009. These six documents are available at:
The first document is: Comparative Review of Innovative Financing Proposals for Health R&D
The second document is: Coordinating Arrangements for R&D [doc 352kb]