[Ip-health] WHA72 – Open Letter to Delegates on Transparency Resolution Negotiations

Claire Cassedy claire.cassedy at keionline.org
Thu May 23 06:56:25 PDT 2019


https://www.keionline.org/30830

WHA72 – Open Letter to Delegates on Transparency Resolution Negotiations

Posted on May 23, 2019 by KEI Staff

On Thursday May 23, 2019, KEI, Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF), and 46 more organizations and 10 individuals released an
open letter to delegates of the 72nd World Health Assembly urging them to
support a strong resolution on transparency and to submit the resolution
for a vote before the Assembly.

While a strong resolution on transparency was introduced on Monday May 20,
2019, during the negotiations this week several countries such as Germany,
the United Kingdom, the United States, and others have sought to
drastically weaken the language of the resolution as well as delay or
eliminate it altogether.

The open letter from civil society asks that the impactful disclosures
included in the resolution be protected and supported, and for the
negotiations themselves to be more transparent.

The text of the letter follows below, and a PDF version is available here:

https://www.keionline.org/wp-content/uploads/Civil-Society-Letter-to-Delegates-WHA72-Transparency-Resolution-23May2019.pdf

(Note: As additional organizations/individuals sign on, this page and the
PDF will be updated.)

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Open Letter to Delegates of WHA 72 on Transparency Resolution Negotiations



We call upon delegates to reach consensus on a strong WHO transparency
resolution that addresses every topic in the original proposal, including
prices, revenues, units sold, marketing costs, clinical trial enrollment
and outcomes, clinical trial costs, government R&D subsidies, patent
landscapes, manufacturing know-how, and future meetings, forums and
activities that collectively are designed to progressively expand and
implement norms on transparency.

We encourage delegates to support the specific language in the original
resolution that requests the WHO Director-General to explore suitable
options for alternative incentive frameworks to patent or regulatory
monopolies that could better serve the needs of Member States in their
efforts to attain Universal Health Coverage and support innovation.

During the negotiations, we ask that the negotiating text be released after
every negotiating session, with country positions identified for any
brackets or alternative texts proposed, in order to ensure that the
negotiations on the transparency resolution are themselves transparent.

If the delegates are unable to reach consensus in the drafting group on the
WHO transparency resolution, as a result of the objections of a few
countries who seem determined to favor secrecy over transparency, and
ignorance and propaganda over facts and objective evidence, we ask that the
advocates of transparency submit a strong version of the resolution for a
vote before the 72nd World Health Assembly.

Organizations (in alphabetical order)


   1.

   Acción Internacional para la Salud, Perú
   2.

   Act Up-Basel
   3.

   Aides (France)
   4.

   Alianza LAC-Global por el Acceso a Medicamentos (International)
   5.

   American Medical Student Association
   6.

   Americas TB Coalition
   7.

   BUKO Pharma-Kampagne
   8.

   Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
   9.

   Cancer Alliance South Africa
   10.

   Centro de Información de Medicamentos de la Universidad Nacional de
   Colombia. (Colombia)
   11.

   Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group
   12.

   Comité de Veeduría y Cooperación en Salud (Colombia)
   13.

   Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia (Colombia)
   14.

   Federación Médica Colombiana (Colombia)
   15.

   Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo, Argentina
   16.

   Fundación Ifarma (Colombia)
   17.

   Global Justice Now, United Kingdom
   18.

   Global Tuberculosis Community Advisory Board
   19.

   Health Action International
   20.

   Health Global Action Project (Health GAP)
   21.

   Heart to Heart Foundation, Thailand
   22.

   International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
   23.

   Just Treatment
   24.

   Knowledge Ecology International
   25.

   Latin American Network for the Access to Medicines (RedLAM)
   26.

   Lawyers Collective, India
   27.

   Médecins du Monde
   28.

   Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign
   29.

   Misión Salud (Colombia)
   30.

   Observatorio del Medicamento de la Federación Médica Colombiana
   (Colombia)
   31.

   Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+)
   32.

   Public Citizen
   33.

   Public Eye
   34.

   ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance
   35.

   Salud por Derecho
   36.

   Salud y Farmacos USA
   37.

   Stichting Farma ter Verantwoording - Foundation for Pharmaceutical
   Accountability
   38.

   STOPAIDS, United Kingdom
   39.

   The Working Group on IP (GTPI)
   40.

   Third World Network
   41.

   Treatment Action Group (TAG)
   42.

   Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment
   43.

   Universidades Aliadas por Medicamentos Essenciais (UAEM Brasil)
   44.

   Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
   45.

   Wemos
   46.

   Women's Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA), Malawi
   47.

   Yolse
   48.

   Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network



Individuals (in alphabetical order)


   1.

   Anna Zorzet, ReAct Europe, Uppsala University
   2.

   Anthony D. So, ReAct Strategic Policy Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
   School of Public Health
   3.

   Arturo Quizhpe, ReAct Latin America
   4.

   Diane Singhroy PhD, Research Associate McGill University, Canada
   5.

   Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, global health and access to medicine consultant
   6.

   Jordan Jarvis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
   7.

   Marcus Low, Spotlight, South Africa
   8.

   Marina Tsaplina, #insulin4all New York Chapter
   9.

   Mirfin Mpundu, ReAct Africa, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network
   10.

   Sujith Chandy, ReAct Asia Pacific, CMC Vellore


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