Knowledge Note

"An integrated approach can reinforce a dynamic, positive interplay between the measures that promote innovation and those that ensure access to vital medical technologies."

International cooperation on public health is inherently multi-dimensional, with a focus on building effective health systems. Towards this goal, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have been working closely together, along with other international partners, for almost two decades to support global endeavors to improve health outcomes. As part of their efforts to help countries develop the capacity to deal with multi-dimensional challenges in the public health sector, the three organizations have launched the second edition of the trilateral study on Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation.

Since this study was completed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, a standalone section on COVID-19 - An integrated health, trade, and IP approach to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic - was added at the start of the publication to map the multiple challenges posed by the pandemic in relation to the integrated health, trade, and IP policy frameworks set out in the study.

The report -  "Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between public health, intellectual property, and trade (second edition)" is co-published by the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Trade Organization in July 2020. You can read the full report HERE.