The Case for
S. Battams, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
I. Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
Global Health Europe,
Available online at: http://bit.ly/xzEiTN
“…..This paper explores the potential and makes recommendations for
• The EU should ensure coherence between its agendas for development, research and health and a well coordinated approach to the execution of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. This should include coherent application of European policies, programmes and science diplomacy efforts in addressing the recommendations of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG), including the question of a Research and Development Convention.
• Recommendations for research mechanisms and strategies to develop
- Special mechanisms to promote and support research that is cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary, involving both technological and social innovation;
- Special mechanisms to ensure continued fair, equitable and needs-oriented collaboration with LMICs, including joint priority and agenda setting, management, exploitation of results.
- Research that acknowledges the ‘right to health’ and European values in health such as equity, universality and access;
- Innovation stimuli which take into account the special characteristics of health technologies and products, such as long lead times, high intensity of investments, high attrition rates, and the lack market incentives for investing in medicines for poor populations.
- Previous experience has shown the gains to be achieved from global, collaborative health research and that some innovations can only occur on a regional/international level;
- The large and complex character of many global health challenges makes them particularly suited to a ‘grand challenges’ approach to developing global health, which involves cross-sectoral research conducted by multinational consortia within and beyond the EU. ….”
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