Expert Group Recommend That World Health Assembly Should Adopt An International Convention On Global Health R&D
Writing in this week's PLoS Medicine, the chairpersons of the expert group, John-Arne Røttingen and Claudia Chamas, summarize the recommendations and report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG), which they say constitute a transformative change for achieving access to medicines.
The authors write: "We propose new strategies for how research in this area can be conducted and a new paradigm for how financial contributions should be determined based on the concept that both the costs and benefits of R&D should be shared. We recommend a role for WHO in the stronger coordination of R&D and suggest pooling of financial investments to secure efficient allocations to where demands and opportunities are identified through active participation of developing countries."
An international convention, the authors argue, "is a way to secure a systemic and sustainable solution since it creates a formalized platform for the future where countries can be held accountable."
Funding: No specific funding was received for writing this article.
Competing Interests: We have been Chair (J-AR) and Vice-Chair (CC) of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) at WHO. This Perspective reflects our views and not necessarily those of other CEWG members, our institutions, or WHO.
Citation: Røttingen J-A, Chamas C (2012) A New Deal for Global Health R&D? The Recommendations of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG). PLoS Med 9(5): e1001219. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001219
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