Month archive: September, 2020

European Health Forum Gastein 2020: UHC and the role of the health workforce

On Wednesday September 30th, Wemos’ global health advocate Corinne Hinlopen will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Universal health coverage and the role of the health workforce: Building on the momentum from COVID-19’. The panel discussion is part of the programme of the European Health Forum Gastein (30 Sept. – 2 Oct.) with the overall theme ‘Dancing with elephants: New partnerships for health, democracy, business.’

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Health workers on the move (again): another look at the WHO Code of Practice

In 2010, the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel (or ‘the Code’) was adopted after strong calls for joint, global measures to address the international recruitment of health personnel. In our new factsheet, we look into the key takeaways from the second Expert Advisory Group (EAG) report, which reviews the Code every five years, and some recommendations on concrete actions civil society can take.

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Political youth and civil society organisations demand socially responsible medicine development

License to Heal, a coalition of political youth organisations, and civil society organisations Wemos and the Commons Network have chosen not to sign an agreement of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) on socially responsible licensing. Licensing is the process in which a knowledge institution gives legal permission to a private party to further develop an invention or innovation. In an opinion piece in the Dutch daily paper De Volkskrant, License to Heal, Wemos and Commons Network argue that the tension between commercial and social interests has led to a missed opportunity to improve access to medicines for patients.

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