ABOUT OUR PROGRAMMES
Wemos envisions a world in which people worldwide are able to realize their right to health. Since our foundation in 1979, we have become well-known for our rights-based and systemic approach to health. We believe that the right to health and Universal Health Coverage can only be reached if all countries have strong health systems.
Since effective policies are at the base of a well-functioning health system, political will of politicians and decision makers is key to any improvement of the system. We aim to initiate change by national governments, the European Union and multilateral institutions such as the World Health Organization, World Bank and global health initiatives, so that citizens can access health care and be protected from threats to health. We believe that our work will contribute to creating the right policy environment and health systems conditions.
Our current programmes focus on the areas of human resources for health, finance for health, and access to medicines. Within the first two programmes, we collaborate with civil society in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia under the umbrella of the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership. We translate global policy to these countries’ national contexts, and use country-based evidence to advocate changes in Dutch, European and global policy.
The focus of the access to medicines programme is on the Netherlands and the European Union. Our advocacy and lobby is targeted at Dutch and European decision makers. Since our advocacy also targets international laws and regulations, our work will also have an impact on the availability of and access to affordable medicines at a global level.
Throughout Wemos’ history, our programmes have focused on various themes. Some of our previous themes and programmes were:
- Female family planning in low- and middle-income countries
- Dutch development cooperation policy
- Access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries
- Baby food
- Drug donations
- Healthy trade
- Health in national strategies for poverty reduction
One of our more recent completed programmes (2013-2018) was the Harmful substances, or Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, programme. With this programme we achieved promising results. We aimed to raise awareness about the harmful impact of these chemicals and to better protect the health of Dutch and European citizens by banning them from our daily lives and environment.