The World Health Organization has recently opened a public online consultation focused on identifying new and innovative sources of funding to stimulate medical R&D.
The web-based public hearing is open to individuals, civil society groups, government institutions, academic and research institutions, the private sector and other interested parties between 7 March to 15 April. Information on the consultation process, a submission form and copies of documents posted to date are available online at http://www.who.int/phi/public_hearings/third/en/index.html.
In providing your contributions, the WHO suggests that you may wish to consider the following:
Focus on diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries;
Feasibility of the financing model proposed; and,
The expected contribution to fostering innovation and building R&D capacity.
Modelling the proposal on R&D needs for a specific disease or group of diseases and/or including any existing examples at national or international levels may facilitate better understanding of the concepts and ideas proposed.
The proposals will be reviewed by members of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing, and will be further discussed at the second meeting of the Group in June 2009.