Disclosure of costs for drug research and development (R&D) and “alternative financing mechanisms” for new health products remain outstanding points to be resolved by countries in finalising a draft United Nations General Assembly political declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). A final draft of the declaration had been expected this week, but as of Friday […] Continue reading ->
Japan said on Friday that it disagrees with aspects of an already-adopted Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on access to medicines, claiming that there is no evidence that “delinkage” between the cost of research & development (R&D) and the price of medicines improves access to medicines. Japan also disagreed with pursuing alternative frameworks for R&D […] Continue reading ->
A new plan to improve collaboration across 12 United Nations and multilateral agencies to support UN member states to reach 2030 targets on health includes not only the ambitious aim of reducing bureaucracy and increasing efficiency, but of working better across sectors to address environmental, commercial and social factors that harm health. These factors, which […] Continue reading ->
Mounting political tensions between the United States and the embattled Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro, including a proliferation of crippling US sanctions, are being played out in the halls of the 72nd World Health Assembly, marred by walkouts and finger-pointing by the two adversaries. Image Credits: WHO/PAHO, John Zarocostas. Continue reading ->
While delegates remained bogged down today in negotiations to find consensus on a resolution to increase transparency of pharma prices, five United Nations agencies and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria forged a brand new collaboration to promote local production of medicines. The World Health Organization, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), […] Continue reading ->
New York – Strengthening references to sexual and reproductive health and rights, marginalised people, and public-private partnerships that ensure rights and inclusion, were among the core proposals pitched yesterday at a United Nations multi-stakeholder meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), involving representatives of government, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. The milestone meeting […] Continue reading ->