Public health, innovation, intellectual property and trade

Areas of work

Intellectual property and trade
WHO has a long standing mandate to work on the impact of intellectual property and trade on public health.


Technology transfer to developing countries can enable recipient countries to produce the product locally and may result in increased access to the product and improved health.

R&D, innovation falls under the WHO research for health strategy which defines a common framework for how research is approached in WHO and the role WHO is taking in global health research.


Assistive Health Technologies is a key element of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

Financing of R&D is an element being looked at by the the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG).


Monitoring and reporting on the progress of implementation of elements of the Global Strategy is vital to ensure success.