[Ip-health] Civil Society Open Letter to World Health Assembly Delegates on Transparency Resolution Negotiations

Claire Cassedy claire.cassedy at keionline.org
Thu May 9 10:14:41 PDT 2019


Civil Society Open Letter to World Health Assembly Delegates on
Transparency Resolution Negotiations

Posted on May 9, 2019 by KEI Staff

DATE: Thursday May 9, 2019
RE: Civil Society Open Letter Regarding Harmful Changes to WHA Transparency

9 May 2019 – Today more than 100 civil society organizations and health
experts sent an open letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Member State
delegates urging them to oppose harmful proposed changes to the draft World
Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on transparency to be discussed at the
72nd WHA on May 20-28, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The groups and individuals signing the open letter said they were appalled
at proposals put forth at informal negotiations at the WHO on Tuesday May
7, 2019, which, “would make this resolution confusing, weak and practically
useless in many areas.”

The open letter called on delegates, “to stand up for a resolution that
will be effective in empowering governments and the public to have greater
transparency and more equal access to information, in order to have greater
power in dealing with the crisis in the pricing of medical technologies.”

The proposed resolution on transparency at the WHA would give the World
Health Organization and national governments strong mandates to collect and
analyze data on drug prices, R&D costs, clinical trial results and costs,
patent landscapes, and more. An April 29 version of the resolution had ten
co-sponsors: Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South
Africa, Spain, Turkey, and Uganda.

The strong support for the letter’s quick publication (which comes on the
eve of the delegates resuming informals on Friday May 10, 2019), serves to
illustrate the urgent need for greater transparency of these issues.

A table that shows the 61 proposed changes in the resolution is available
here: “Comparison between April 29 and May 7 version of WHA 72 resolution
on transparency.” KEI Blog. 8 May 2019. https://www.keionline.org/30681

A PDF version of the open letter is available here:

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