EB138 January 2016

The 138th Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organisation took place from 25 to 30 January 2016 in Geneva.

WHA69 May 2016

The 69th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization will meet in Geneva from 23 May to 28 May 2016. See the Official Page. PHM will be at the WHA through its initiative, the WHO Watch. To know more about WHO Watch follow the link here.

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.