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 [...]

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,

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: Molly Lepeska

Only when all pieces of a puzzle are assembled do you see a picture. The pieces come in different shapes and sizes, but each has a purpose—and missing one will leave an obvious gap. Only together do they form a greater whole.

Now and in the coming months, we’d like to introduce you to Health Action International’s most precious ‘puzzle pieces’: Our staff.

European Commission Appoints Health Action International to HTA Network Stakeholder Pool

By Santos | Senior Policy Advisor

Health Action International (HAI) was yesterday announced as a member of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Network Stakeholder Pool. The Pool has been established to facilitate contributions by a wide range of stakeholders to policy development related to HTAs in the European Union (EU).

We look forward to actively participating in future discussions and to supporting initiatives that strengthen the role of HTAs as a promoter of innovation,

Health Action International Launches Study to Examine Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia


When 21-year-old Kissa Ojok became pregnant with her first child, she feared for her life. For years, she had heard stories from other women in her community, a rural village in central Uganda, about the pain, suffering—even death—that many before her had endured during pregnancy and childbirth. She had also heard,

Clinical Trial Data Transparency on Trial – EMA Under Pressure From Pharma Lawsuit

Thursday 1 December 2016 | Clinical Trial Data | |  Updated 22 December 2016

By Santos, Policy Advisor, Health Action International

For too long, pharmaceutical companies have endangered patient safety by providing biased information about a medicine’s effect on their users.

November is ‘Intern Spotlight Month’ at Health Action International

November is ‘Intern Spotlight Month’ here at Health Action International (HAI), when we shine a light on the interns who make tremendous contributions to our team and the work we do with their fresh perspectives, new ideas, intellect and vivacious spirit. Each week throughout the month of November, we’ll introduce you to one of our interns from the past year who’ll explain the research they conducted during their internship,

Conference on Clinical Drug Trials is Coming Up—and You’re Invited

Clinical trials are key to determining the safety and efficacy of medicines. But to do so, trials must be robust and ethical—and their full results must be reported publicly. Unfortunately, many trials are not meeting this criteria. More and more are being off-shored to developing countries where they can be conducted more cheaply and with questionable ethical standards.

Next Gen Advocates Excel at HAI/HP4L Summer School on Access to Medicines

by Santos Quintano, Policy Advisor, Health Action International A strong civil society is an essential component of an advanced democracy. To facilitate participation in policy-making processes, civil society groups need capacity and expertise. In July 2016, Health Action International (HAI) and Health Projects for Latvia organised a four-day summer school in the charming city of [...]