Health for Sale: Debate on Access to Medicines and Innovation

February 5, 2016
The Hague, Netherlands

During its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Government of the Netherlands has committed to improving affordable access to safe and effective medicines. But how can it create real and lasting change? Public health experts and government representatives debated these issues.

The event was coordinated by DNDi and other partners; AIDS Fonds, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Health Action International (HAI), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation (KNVC) and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).

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Debate – Panel A

Diagnosing the problem of the current R&D model

A perspective on the lack of affordable access and innovation by James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

– Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament – ALDE/D66
– Rohit Malpani, Director Policy and Analysis at MSF
– Judith Sargentini, Member of European Parliament – Greens/GroenLinks
– Júlia Montañà Lopez, UAEM



Breakout Sessions

Pitches of innovation

1. WHO CEWG process as unique opportunity to implement alternative R&D models
Sophie Bloemen, DNDi & Merle Schene, UAEM
2. 3P Tuberculosis Proposal as example
Rohit Malpani
3. Access through TRIPS flexibilities
Jorrit Kabel, Aids Fonds


Debate – Panel B

How do we fix this?

New models of innovation – Principles and alternatives by David Hammerstein, Co-Director Commons Network

– James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
– Linda Voortman, Member of the Dutch Parliament GroenLinks
– Frank Cobelens, Director of Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD)
– Jan Raaimakers, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Life Sciences and Health



For more information: Health Action International Website