Joint letter to WHO formally requesting the R&D Observatory to play a more relevant role in the COVID-19 response

On Friday, 28 August 2020, six groups including Corporación Innovarte, Health Action International, Knowledge Ecology International, Medicines Law & Policy, Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation, and Wemos wrote a joint letter to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chief Scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan,… Continue Reading

KEI comments on the resolution WHA73: “Covid-19 Response” proposed by the European Union

On Friday, 24 April 2020, Knowledge Ecology International submitted comments on the resolution WHA73: “Covid-19 Response” proposed by the European Union (EU). The original zero draft text and the note verbale proposed by the European Union can be found here.… Continue Reading

EB146: WHO proposes changes to the modalities of non-State actors’ engagement in WHO’s governing bodies

Currently, the participation of non-State actors in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) is regulated by the WHO’s Framework of Engagement with non-State actors (FENSA) which is “a privilege that the Executive Board may grant to nongovernmental organizations,… Continue Reading

Comparison between April 29, May 7, and May 10 versions of WHA 72 resolution on transparency

On Monday, May 13th, Politico published the latest version (May 10, 2019) of the transparency resolution noting the “dizzying number of brackets” in the latest text. The original sponsors are: Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey,… Continue Reading

Open letter supporting Italy’s proposed resolution on Improving the transparency of markets for drugs, vaccines and other health-related technologies

On March 6, 2019, 83 civil society organizations and 20 individuals asked delegates to the World Health Assembly (WHA) to support a proposed resolution on “Improving the transparency of markets for drugs, vaccines and other health-related technologies.” A copy of… Continue Reading

Roadblocks ahead on the WHO Roadmap on Access to Medicines and Vaccines?

By Katy Athersuch [1] and Thiru Balasubramaniam In May 2018, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted decision WHA71(8) requesting WHO’s Director-General to “elaborate a roadmap, in consultation with Member States, outlining the programming of WHO’s work on access to medicines… Continue Reading