|PAHO Launches New Platform to Promote Access to Health Technologies and Innovation|
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will launch the Regional Platform for Access to Health Technologies and Innovation on 7 May 2012. The objective is to improve transparency, information flow, and cooperation among countries of the region in order to promote access, innovation, rational use, and governance of essential drugs, biological medicines, and diagnostics in public health.
The interactive platform encompasses research, development, and innovation for health technologies; pharmaceutical policies and health technologies; access to and rational use of medicines; and regulation and management of intellectual property. It is a tool for health authorities in the Americas; national regulatory authorities; departments of science, technology, and innovation; scientists, researchers, and research institutes; civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations that work with medicines and health technologies; and sectors of the pharmaceutical industry.
The new platform offers a series of virtual tools, including:
The Regional Platform is a collaboration and integration project of the PAHO/WHO member countries that seeks to improve access to health technologies and innovation. It is based on the following mandates of the PAHO Governing Bodies of PAHO: Access to Medicines; Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property; and Strengthening National Regulatory Authorities for Medicines and Biologicals.
The platform will also be integrated with the Virtual Public Health Campus (VPHC) and other resources of PAHO/WHO.
Navigation of the platform will be available in Spanish, English, and Portuguese and coordinated by PAHO, with the collaboration and support of WHO’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization