Julia Dias (CCS)
From May 7 to 8, the president of Fiocruz, Nísia Trindade Lima, took part in a workshop in Rwanda on priority setting for research and innovation in health. Organized by the Wellcome Trust, with the collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Indian Council of Medical Research, the University of Global Health Equity and Fiocruz, the event is part of the WHO Global Action Plan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for health (SDG 3).
The event is part of the WHO Global Plan of Action to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (photo: Wellcome Trust)
The realization that the targets agreed by the UN member-states for health will not be met by 2030 if current rates are maintained has moved twelve relevant global health organizations to come together to formulate strategies to accelerate the necessary actions. The Global Action Plan, launched in 2018, focuses on seven “accelerators” that cover interrelated areas where joint forces can contribute to the progress of Global Health.
The Rwanda meeting have focused on Accelerator 5 – Research and development, innovation and access and have generated a list of recommendations of specialists to be presented at the General Assembly of the United Nations, in September.
The idea is to identify improvements that can be made in international and national funding systems so that they can be aligned with the health priorities of those in need. Different actors, countries, and organizations may have different interests, but to achieve the SDG 3 targets, everyone must act synergistically so that innovations can scale up and have an impact on society.