Monday, February 6, 2012

[EQ] The Case for Europe as a Leader in Research and Innovation for Global Health

The Case for Europe as a Leader in Research and  Innovation for Global Health

S. Battams, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Email:

S.A. Matlin, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London

A. Jahn, Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University
I. Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva  

Global Health Europe, Geneva, November 2011.

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“…..This paper explores the potential and makes recommendations for Europe’s role in research and innovation to improve global health. It highlights the need for coherence between Horizon 2020 and other key EU policies, including that on the EU’s role in global health, and the potential for global health research to play an instrumental role in achieving Europe 2020 goals of growth, innovation and social inclusion.


• The EU should ensure coherence between its agendas for development, research and health and a well coordinated approach to the execution of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. This should include coherent application of European policies, programmes and science diplomacy efforts in addressing the recommendations of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG), including the question of a Research and Development Convention.


• Recommendations for research mechanisms and strategies to develop Europe’s role in and to advance global health research and innovation include;


- Special mechanisms to promote and support research that is cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary, involving both technological and social innovation;


- Special mechanisms to ensure continued fair, equitable and needs-oriented collaboration with LMICs, including joint priority and agenda setting, management, exploitation of results.

- Research that acknowledges the ‘right to health’ and European values in health such as equity, universality and access;

- Innovation stimuli which take into account the special characteristics of health technologies and products, such as long lead times, high intensity of investments, high attrition rates, and the lack market incentives for investing in medicines for poor populations.

- Previous experience has shown the gains to be achieved from global, collaborative health research and that some innovations can only occur on a regional/international level;

- The large and complex character of many global health challenges makes them particularly suited to a ‘grand challenges’ approach to developing global health, which involves cross-sectoral research conducted by multinational consortia within and beyond the EU. ….”



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