FCGH meets License to Heal

License to HealAn interesting initiative from the Netherlands has come to our attention. It’s called License to Heal, and its manifesto touches upon many key elements of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), the proposed international treaty presently gathering support across a wide array of civil society organizations. Both License to Heal and the FCGH see having a legal framework to assure universal access to medicines as imperative, and as a ‘do-able’ challenge. It would seem that these two NGOs should meet, share, and agree to collaborate — for access to medicines for all.

Below is some information from the License to Heal website. It’s worth having a visit. They also can be followed on twitter,  although reading some Dutch may be useful.
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“We need to design a sustainable business model to ensure medication is available for all, for a fair price!”. This is a statement from the manifesto License to Heal that is written by eight political youth parties in the Netherlands.

Together they ask their national government to make legislation that directs pharmaceutical companies to be transparent about their prices and determine their prices conform a limited profit margin. A wonderful initiative in which the political youth parties showed leadership by setting aside their political differences and come to a shared vision on this important topic.

The cooperating Political Youth Organisations are convinced that drugs and other medical products should be accessible to everyone. We feel supported in this matter by several international treaties, in which the universal right to health has been recorded. To realise general accessibility, all stakeholders in the development of medicine need to take their social responsibility. Since stakeholders cannot or will not take this responsibility in the current system, the government needs to set a framework.

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New WHO Tracker Tool

WHO TrackerThere’s a new tool that may help to follow the work of the World Health Organization, called the WHO Tracker. The WHO Tracker has been developed as part of WHO Watch.

The WHO Tracker has been developed as a tool for following particular issues across time and across the governing body meetings. The Tracker comprises separate pages for each meeting, in each case structured around the official agenda. Under each agenda item are links to key documents, debate and policy decisions. Not all meetings and not all items have been fully linked at this time. This work is ongoing.

WHO Watch is sponsored by a group of international NGOs and social movements including the People’s Health Movement (PHM). PHM follows closely the work of WHO, through the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the regional committees.

PHM prepares commentaries on agenda items at WHO governing body meetings, including brief background and critical commentary. In association with Medicus Mundi International, PHM members also read statements to governing body meetings.

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