Danny Edwards edwards at cohred.org
Tue Nov 13 04:50:13 PST 2012

Dear Colleagues,

COHRED would like to update you on our 'Call for Global Leadership' directed at those Member States of the WHO participating in next month's meeting to discuss the WHO CEWG report .  (This report is the outcome of a process set up to address the fact that resourcing for R&D currently fails to address the needs of developing countries.)

We at COHRED is were happy to receive the support of more than 40 organisations, from over 20 countries.  These organisations include Universities, Ministries, research groups and networks.  The full list of supporters can be found at the following link: www.cohred.org/cewgcall

To reiterate the main messages of the call:

We believe there is a clear need for decisive action. The current incentive systems for research and development are failing to address the needs of developing countries, leaving millions of people without affordable access to the products they need for the conditions they suffer from. Global health research resource flows to low and middle-income countries remain poorly co-ordinated with national research agendas, while failing to consistently support and build their national research and innovation systems, systems which ultimately would support these countries in making the transition from aid-dependence.

Organisations signing on to the call endorsed the report's recommendations for:
The proposal for a global convention for research and development financing, especially insofar as it has potential to support the research and innovation capacities of developing countries, and to promote country led research agendas.
The proposal for enhanced co-ordination of resource and development funding, especially insofar as these activities, when conducted at the national level, would place greater power in the hands of countries to align the funding available with national research agendas.
This call will be presented at the member states meeting on 26th November.

Best wishes,


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