Clinical trials industry Kenya: Realities, Risks and Challenges13.02.2014
As Kenya becomes an increasingly popular destination for internationally-sponsored clinical trials, Kenyan clinical trial participants could be at risk of ethical violations due to weak monitoring systems and a lack of scrutiny on the part of the local media and human rights and healthcare activists.
Who’s afraid of NCDs?30.01.2014
At last week's Executive Board (EB) meeting of the WHO, the agenda items on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) passed at amazing speed. Possibly, WHO member states are saving their substantive inputs for an upcoming formal member state meeting in April. At a closed meeting last November, member states discussed the draft terms of references for a Global Coordinating Mechanism, an Inter Agency Taskforce and a set of indicators on the prevention and control of NCDs. Rumour has it that these meetings are closed to non-state actors to avoid industry lobbying.
Revisiting the Tallinn Charter17.10.2013
European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Medicus Mundi International (MMI) network, and Wemos on behalf of the ‘Health workers for all and all for health workers (HW4all)’ project released a statement urging for continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce to achieve health strengthening.
New report: Subjects exposed to unnecessary and risky trials04.07.2013
Pharmaceutical companies are still failing to comply with the rules for carrying out drug trials. The Wemos Foundation has discovered that subjects are being exposed to unnecessary risks in drug trials which – to make matters worse – are not always in their best interests. Today Wemos issues a report that exposes some of the unethical drug trials taking place.
One billion people will never see a health worker10.04.2013
Everyone should have access to health workers. However, if the situation remains as it is today, one billion people world-wide will never see a health worker in their life.The first ‘World Health Worker Week’ (8-12 April) marks the launch of the ‘Health workers for all and all for health workers’ project, a European civil society initiative that contributes to a sustainable health workforce worldwide.
Health in the post-2015 development agenda09.01.2013
Together with a broad team of health advocates from various backgrounds, Wemos responded to a call for papers, as part of the thematic United Nations (UN) consultation “Health in the Post‐2015 UN Development Agenda". As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, there is wide debate as to how post-2015 development goals should look like. The aim of the UN consultation “Health in the Post‐2015 UN Development Agenda" is to discuss the role of health in the post-2015 development agenda.
The 62nd WHO Europe meeting20.09.2012
Delegates from the European Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have met in Malta from 10-13 September 2012. Remco van de Pas, global health advocate at Wemos, looks back on the 62nd session of the World Health Organization's Regional Committee for Europe (WHO Europe).
Towards a sustainable health workforce11.09.2012
Today at its conference in Malta, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Europe organized a technical discussion on the action towards achieving a sustainable health workforce and strengthening health systems. Two Member States shared their experiences and the European Commission presented its approach. Wemos representing Medicus Mundi International (MMI) Network and a network of organizations in 8 European countries, was invited to provide key issues for civil society organization’s (CSO) contribution in relation to the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Personnel.
European WHO members have met in Malta06.09.2012
Delegates from the European Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have met in Malta from 10-13 September 2012. Remco van de Pas and Linda Mans, Wemos' global health advocates, have attended.
Wemos organizes European Parliament Hearing14.06.2012
On 20 June, Wemos, together with the Royal Tropical Institute and Medico International, organizes a hearing in the European Parliament (EP) with the title ‘Shaping Social Health Protection in EU Development Cooperation 2014-2020’. The hearing will be chaired by Thijs Berman, Member of the EP’s Development Committee.