The implementation of the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property has become one of the key topics at the 62nd World Health Assembly (WHA), which took place in Geneva May 18-22, 2009. As is obvious, the actions of the various stakeholders; from governments to the WHO Secretariat through to donor governments is the real test of the usefulness of the Global Strategy to the people it was meant to serve.
Consequently, HAI Africa and IQsensato have released, as a working document, a Pilot Monitoring Tool to begin the assessment of implementation, at the national level, of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action. This tool can be used by different stakeholders, particularly by civil society organisations and researchers to start to monitor the performance of their own governments, the WHO and other stakeholders. While it is the primary responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the Global Strategy lies with WHO, we believe that other stakeholders, especially civil society organisations and researchers can play a critical and complementary role.
As a show of our commitment to the full implementation of the Global Strategy to the benefit of the populations of developing countries, a process of testing the tool has already began. In this initial phase the monitoring tool will be piloted in six African countries, namely: Ghana; Kenya; Zimbabwe; Rwanda; Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Initial results from this pilot phase will be launched by July 2009 to feed in among other processes the work of the Expert Working Group on R&D financing. We will keep you informed of the event details.