I am honoured to be invited to represent the WHO on the MPP’s Governance Board. Access to essential medicines is fundamental to the ability of everyone to achieve the highest attainable standard of health and core to the Sustainable Development Goal of promoting well-being for all at all ages. I look forward to contributing to the MPP’s development in this area.
Dr Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, Assistant Director-General for Drug Access, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, the World Health Organization
Two billion people worldwide lack access to life-changing treatments – including medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools. Wellcome spends around £1 billion each year to support research and drive reform to improve health for people around the world. The full benefits of innovations to improve health can only be realised if they reach the people who need them, especially those living in low- and middle-income countries. Practices such as voluntary licensing, patent pooling and equitable pricing are fundamental to increasing access to prevention, treatment and care. We are pleased to support the MPP in its efforts to speed access in low- and middle-income countries.
Alex Harris, Head of Global Policy at The Wellcome Trust
The MPP model fits the Swiss approach to improving access because it promotes voluntary, collaborative solutions with the pharmaceutical industry for reducing prices of essential patented products, while ensuring the quality of those medicines, and protection of intellectual property rights. This is why we support the MPP in the realisation of its expansion programme.
Alex Schulze, Co-Head of the Global Programme Health, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)