Tag: covid19

Covid-19 vaccine

Waiver patent protections is an important step in the right direction

Wemos warmly welcomes the US government’s proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for a temporary waiver of patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines. It is now up to the Netherlands and the European Union (EU) to follow suit. This patent waiver – which would temporarily lift patent protections – will give all pharmaceutical companies the right to also produce vaccines. This could be a breakthrough for global access to these vaccines.

Continue reading

Webinar & report April 19: how do the Global Fund, GFF and Gavi coordinate their efforts to strengthen health systems?

During a joint interactive webinar on April 19th, Wemos and Cordaid – as part of the Dutch Global Health Alliance – will share our joint report’s main findings and recommendations on health systems strengthening coordination among the ‘3Gs’. The 3Gs are the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (Gavi) and the Global Financing Facility (GFF). They are the three largest global health initiatives that raise and allocate funds to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Continue reading

Let’s strengthen public financing and avoid the risky business of Public-Private Partnerships

Global actors such as the World Bank Group should focus on strengthening public health financing, and refrain from promoting Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) with commercial companies in healthcare because of associated risks, such as worsening existing inequalities. This is our request in our co-signed open letter (with nearly 100 signatories) to the World Bank Group, which we sent today and which will be discussed during our joint session with other organisations at the Civil Society Policy Forum of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2021. Our request is based on an analysis of PPPs in healthcare which we describe in our new position paper ‘Risky business’.

Continue reading

Election countdown: ‘building back better’ with a Global Health Strategy

Countries can effectively combat pandemics such as the current Covid-19 pandemic by making long-term investments in structural improvements in global health. This means that governments and their ministries must pursue policy coherence and reinforce each other’s programmes. As the 2021 Dutch general election is approaching, Wemos is advocating – with fellow members of the Dutch Global Health Alliance – a Global Health strategy. Experts, including Wemos director Mariëlle Bemelmans, explain what this would entail in the Election Special of the Dutch development cooperation magazine Vice Versa.

Continue reading

Election debate: the Netherlands and sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide

The Netherlands plays a leading role in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the global arena. With the Dutch elections ahead (in March), the question arises: will the Netherlands maintain this role? Will SRHR remain a priority of Dutch development cooperation policy? On March 4 (14:00), Dutch MPs will discuss this topic during the SRHR election debate organised by Share-Net Netherlands and the SRHR platform, of which Wemos is a member.

Continue reading

The Medicines Debate in De Balie

How can we keep medicines accessible and affordable for everyone in the Netherlands and the rest of the world? Now that the Netherlands has made a remarkably slow start with its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, the topic of access to medicines is again high on the (political) agenda. So how can we improve this access to medicines? Several candidate MPs will discuss this during The Medicines Debate (‘Het Geneesmiddelendebat’ in Dutch) on February 25th, 20:00 at the venue De Balie, which will be broadcast online.

Continue reading

The pandemic and the strong government’s comeback

Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has confronted countries all over the world with their health systems problems, which are largely caused by decentralised governments, austerity measures and the introduction of market forces in health care. But the crisis therefore offers opportunities for a comeback of the concept of a strong government with a guiding role. Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on international cooperation and development, spoke about this topic with (among others) Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans for their upcoming (Dutch) Election Special 2021. “Weak governments have not done health care any good. Corona exposed the problems in the health system, but they existed well before the pandemic.”

Continue reading

The Great Foreign Policy Debate

Corona has shown that global health has a major impact on the rest of the world. In the run-up to the elections, various politicians will discuss the future role of the Netherlands in the world during the Great Foreign Policy Debate (24 February, 5:30 pm). Led by Sophie Derkzen (Bureau Buitenland, VPRO) and under the pressure of a chess clock, they will debate on three current topics, including global health. The debate will be broadcasted live from Nieuwspoort and can be viewed via www.hetgrotebuitenlanddebat.nl

Continue reading