Demonstrating Progress: Building a More Equitable Global R&D System

PLOS Blogs: May 24, 2013

This week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, WHO member states are debating how to strengthen the global pharmaceutical R&D system to better meet needs in low- and middle-income countries.  Last November, governments agreed to establish a set of “demonstration projects” to test out therecommendations of a WHO expert group on how to develop more affordable, adapted medicines to address long-neglected health needs. But it remains unclear what exactly these demonstration projects should be and what they should demonstrate. A key principle is that these projects are not just pilots – they should also demonstrate new mechanisms, principles or approaches.  Read more