SEA/RC60/13 - Progress reports requested by member states: public health, innovation and intellectual property rights: an update
AbstractIn response to the need for more research and development for diseases which mostly affect the poor, the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA59.24, which created an Inter-governmental Working Group (IGWG) on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The key task of the IGWG is to draw up a global strategy and plan of action that aims at, inter alia, securing an enhanced and sustainable basis for needs-driven, essential health research and development relevant to diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries. This paper was submitted to the Joint Meeting of Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management, held in the Regional Office, New Delhi from 2-6 July 2007. The Joint Meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To strengthen policy and multi-sectoral administrative arrangements to deal with public health, innovation and IPRs so as to optimally benefit from the capacity building initiatives of WHO and other expert bodies. (2) To actively participate in the third regional consultation on IGWG and the second meeting of IGWG. Action by WHO-SEARO (1) To support/facilitate Member States to participate in the third regional consultation and the second IGWG meeting. (2) To draw experience and lessons from the implementation of compulsory licensing as a case study from the Region. (3) To prepare an action plan to strengthen capacity in the management of IPRs in the context of public health/access to medicines in the Region. This regional plan can be harmonized with the action matrix generated from IGWG to be endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2008. (4) To develop in-depth training programmes, including a training programme of two to three months to build capacity on intellectual property rights and public health/access to medicines for both health officials and representatives from relevant sectors. The paper is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia. (2007). SEA/RC60/13 - Progress reports requested by member states: public health, innovation and intellectual property rights: an update. WHO Regional Office for South East-Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128612