Read all the statements by PHM at WHA 69

Can Unsustainable Trade, Ecological and Economic Policies Sustain Global Development Goals

The PHM, while welcoming the vision of equity promotion in the SDG 2030 goals, challenged delegates at the WHA to consider if the same polices which has promoted an ecological disaster and has engendered multiple economic collapses can promote sustainable goals.

Is WHO poised to open its governance to private commercial interests?

At the 69th session of the World Health Assembly,  a possiblel adoption by Member States of a Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) that does not have sufficient safeguards against undue influence from the private sector could constitute a sad turning point in history of WHO.

WHA69 May 2016

The 69th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization will meet in Geneva from 23 May to 28 May 2016.

SSFFC: hard to pronounce, harder to define

The complex terminology “Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/ falsified/counterfeit” (SSFFC) medical products was proposed 6 years ago by the Director General as a provisional term.  Disappointedly, as time has passed, the only one element that changed is the temporary use of the terminology.

Why are these terms concerning? Because they conflate the issue of the quality of medicines with asserted breaches of intellectual property rights.

PHM: Need for an ambitious Global Vaccine Action Plan

At the 68th World Health Assembly, Member States committed themselves to strive for a global vaccine program that is both inclusive and universal. The resolution aimed to overcome the barriers affecting vaccine access, and ensure affordability in places with low resources. In order to be more effective, the necessity of reporting on these obstacles was emphasized. 

More than cooking stoves: need for an ambitious plan on air pollution

In a statement made on January 27, People's Health Movement and Medicus Mundi International pointed out the weaknesses of the draft roadmap established by the WHO for an enhanced global response to the adverse health effects of air pollution. This draft misses an analysis of the current economic and trade-related rules that would prevent the establishment of a robust plan of action.

"Reflections on the Ebola crisis"?

In a statement made on Monday, January 25th, People's Health Movement and Medicus Mundi International reminded the Executive Board members of the flaws in WHO's response to the Ebola crisis were largely due to their reluctance to fund emergency preparedness responses. They deplored that some wealthy member states (MS) were slow to volunteer healthcare resources to assist in the crisis.

A trojan horse of the private sectors interests at the World Health Organisation

Today, PHM and MMI denounced the failure of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) currently under discussion at the World Health Organisation (WHO) to provide a robust framework against undue influence of the corporate sector and its philantropies.

A Resolve to Reform - A look at the Director-General's Opening Address at EB138

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