New report released by Duke GHIC and Global Health Technologies Coalition examines the WHO Prequalification Program

New report released by Duke GHIC and Global Health Technologies Coalition examines the WHO Prequalification Program

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The report, Navigating complexity to improve global access: Supporting a more efficient and effective World Health Organization Prequalification Program, examines successes and pain points of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Prequalification (PQ) Program and offers actionable recommendations to strengthen its role in facilitating global access to medical products. The report—which was informed by a quantitative analysis of the timelines of more than two dozen prequalified products and qualitative interviews with WHO staff, product developers, and regulatory experts—documents how the PQ program has played a vital role in expediting access to safe, effective, and quality-assured health products in low- and middle-income countries and accelerating downstream approvals by their national regulatory authorities. However, it also reveals key operational challenges including a lack of public reporting on expected review timelines for all product…
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Building Public-Private Preparedness Strategies in Peru

Building Public-Private Preparedness Strategies in Peru

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The Global Accountability Platform (COVID GAP) blog series. June 23, 2022 By Nellie Bristol and Ernesto Ortiz [caption id="attachment_2889" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image by Legado via www.flickr.com[/caption] As the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in early 2020, Peru already was on its way to having one of the highest recorded death rates per capita of any country in the world. Its health facilities were overrun, health workers were overtaxed, or worse, infected themselves, and supplies ranging from personal protective equipment to diagnostic tests were in desperately short supply. Isolated communities were particularly in dire straits as national lock downs prevented critical supplies from reaching remote areas. Contributing to Peru’s poor performance: the informal status of more than three quarters of the labor pool making lockdown order adherence nearly impossible, poorly functioning health facilities,…
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IGAD Regional Health Data Sharing and Protection Policy Framework

IGAD Regional Health Data Sharing and Protection Policy Framework

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Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) provided impact and evaluation support to the multistakeholder Blueprint for Innovative Healthcare Access program operating in Meru County, Kenya. IiH guided the development of evaluation plans, delivered workshops on key topics to strengthen evaluation capacity, and routinely validated and analyzed data from all program partners to drive greater outcomes and data-oriented decision making.The IGAD Regional Health Data Sharing and Protection Policy framework seeks to provide clear guidance for the member states on health data sharing via a set of universal principles that ensure that health data is adequately protected. This framework emphasizes the rights of patients by outlining the rights of data subjects and details the roles and responsibilities of various actors and stakeholders. Ultimately, it aims to facilitate proper data sharing practices that encourage ethical…
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Slow Progress in Updating International Health Regulations at 75th World Health Assembly

Slow Progress in Updating International Health Regulations at 75th World Health Assembly

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The Global Accountability Platform (COVID GAP) blog series. June 2, 2022 By Nellie Bristol In the third year of a global pandemic that has caused millions of deaths and trillions of dollars in lost economic activity, the potential benefits of coordinated multi-lateral approaches, as well as the slow pace and frustrations of reaching consensus across diverse countries, was on full display at the World Health Assembly (WHA) last week. Health leaders from around the world wrestled with relatively incremental changes to health security mechanisms, agreeing only to set in motion a two-year process for modernizing the International Health Regulations (IHR). Perceived failures in response to COVID-19 and other health emergencies, have highlighted the need for faster, more effective communications between outbreak-affected countries and the World Health Organization and for mechanisms to…
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