MMV delivers statement at WHO Executive Board meeting

WHO discusses report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination

29 Jan 2016

In May 2013, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted resolution WHA66.22 on follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination, (CEWG).

WHO’s Director-General Dr Margaret Chan was asked to convene an open-ended meeting of Member States in March, prior to the Sixty-ninth WHA in May 2016, to review the remaining issues relating to monitoring, coordination and financing for health research and development.

As an official partner of the WHO, MMV was given the opportunity to provide a statement thanking the WHO Secretariat for moving forward on the plan for the open-ended meeting in March. Sylvie Fonteilles Drabek, EVP Head of Legal, delivered the following statement on behalf of MMV: 

“Honorable Members of the Executive Board,

On behalf of Medicines for Malaria Venture I wish to thank the Secretariat for the production of this report and the draft outline of the provisional agenda for the open-ended meeting of Member states prior to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly.

MMV believes that this initiative should be aligned with other existing frameworks which provide global support to research and development of new health tools for poverty-related and neglected diseases.1

The upcoming open-ended meeting should be an opportunity to invite innovative collaborations driven by a public health mandate, such as product development partnerships, to contribute to this important discussion. These partnerships are essential players in the field of global health and are committed to designing and developing affordable health interventions and products that meet the medical needs of vulnerable people in developing countries.

MMV recognizes that the participation of not-for-profit product development partnerships will help Member States to assess progress and continue discussions on the issues relating to monitoring, coordination and financing for health and development.

Thank you.”

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1. The Unrecognised Revolution in Global Health, PolicyCures, 2015