An 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.
“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.
Link to the Manifesto on the “License to heal” website.
Thanks to Prof. Ken Harvey for bringing this to our attention