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Revised Global Programme of Work - PHM's comments

On 23 January 2018, WHO published a revised version of GPW13 to address some of member states’
comments. The main changes are the following (bold for added words and italic for deleted ones):

EB142-PHM's Statements, Daily Reports and Policy Brief.

The People's Health Movement's WHO Watch team will be watching the EB meeting.  Watch this space for daily reports, MMI statements to the Board and further analysis. The Watching team consists of Gargeya, Lauren, Renee, Sinesipho, Adsa, Peter, Nafis, Dimosthenis, Sheriff, Antoine and Amit. You can find a collection of all PHM policy briefs for EB142 here.

The statements delivered by Medicus Mundi International and Peoples' Health Movement can be found here:

EB142 - 22-27 January 2018

The People's Health Movement's WHO Watch team will be watching the EB meeting.  Watch this space for daily reports, MMI statements to the Board and further analysis. The Watching team consists of Gargeya, Lauren, Renee, Sinesipho, Adsa, Peter, Nafis, Dimosthenes, Sheriff, Antoine and Amit.

EBSS4 22-23 Nov 2017

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.

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.