WHO Expert Group Recommends binding Agreement on Health Technology Needs of Developing Countries

Ramesh Shankar | Pharmabiz.com | May 3, 2012

A World Health Organisation (WHO) experts' group has recommended a new binding agreement for financing and coordination mechanisms to meet the health technology needs of developing countries.

The Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) stated in its report that the focus of the proposed agreement is the development of health technologies for type II and type III diseases as well as the specific needs of developing countries related to type I diseases.

The CEWG was appointed by the 63rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2010 in response to concerns that insufficient resources were being devoted globally to research and development (R&D) to address diseases that principally affected developing countries.