EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: A bad deal for transparency, policy coherence and access to medicines

by JAUME VIDAL, Policy Advisor – Europe

The European Union (EU) and Mercosur have been negotiating a free trade agreement for the last 16 years, with talks picking up pace in the last 15 months. Negotiations are now nearing completion and there are increasing concerns among public health advocates, patient and consumer organisations,

Facing a Global Threat – Roadmap to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance and the Bumps Along the Way

Interview with HELLE AARGAARD, Policy Advisor at ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance

The Member State Consultation on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposed roadmap for the Global Development and Stewardship Framework to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was held on 9–10 November in Geneva. The first day was open for non-state actor participation.

New Dutch Government Must Ensure Transparency to Control Medicine Prices

by JAUME VIDAL After almost seven months of negotiations, The Netherlands has formed a new coalition government, which recently outlined its priorities and main policy objectives in its Coalition Agreement. On the whole, it’s good news from an access to medicines perspective—particularly pricing and procurement, which remain high on the government’s priority list. Some of [...]

Staff Spotlight: Tim Reed

A famous man, John Quincy Adams, once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. Mr Adams was the sixth president of the United States of America—and the first to give an interview to a female journalist, Anne Royall, which was quite progressive for his time.

Giving Snakebite Victims a Voice

Health Action International Presents “Minutes to Die” at the Dutch Global Health Film Festival

by BIRTE BOGATZ, Communications Advisor

How do you measure the burden of a health emergency? We often tend to do that by counting—the dead, the disabled, the dollars to be paid for treatment. We end up with numbers,

HAI’s Research into Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities Now in Full Swing

by BOBBI KLETTKE, Communications Manager

The methodology has been finalised. The pilot testing is complete. And data collection officials are trained.

Health Action International’s study into the price, availability and affordability of more than 30 sexual and reproductive health (SRH) commodities is now rolling out across all three of our study countries—Uganda,

Staff Spotlight: Gemma Buckland-Merrett

We open the curtain on part three of our “Staff Spotlight” blog series, taking you backstage at Health Action International.
Behind every report, every consultation response, policy brief or methodology there’s a person—most of the time even more than one, because Policy Advisors, Project Managers, Communications & Co. here at HAI work hand in hand.

Meet Callum Gunn: Our #InvaluableIntern & Rising TTIP Afficionado

Everyone’s heard about those internships where the main tasks are making coffee and copying and filing mountains of documents. Well, not at Health Action International (HAI)! Being an #InvaluableIntern here means you’re adopted as valued member of our team. With guidance from our staff, many of our interns conduct their own research projects on access to medicines and rational use of medicines topics to meet their course requirements.

Staff Spotlight: Mieke Bakx

In our new blog series, “Staff Spotlight”, we’re introducing you to people who are worth a mint to us: Our staff. What would an organisation like ours be without these passionate people who dedicate their work lives (and more) to improving healthcare worldwide—whose everyday mission is to enable all people to access and properly use the medicines they need?

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