Public health, innovation, intellectual property and trade

Research and development, innovation

May 2010 saw the first organization-wide strategy on research approved by the World Health Assembly. The strategy - Research for Health - defines a common framework for how research is approached in WHO and the role WHO is taking in global health research.

WHO strategy on research for health strategy

The strategy has five main Goals:

  • Capacity - building capacity to strengthen health research systems
  • Priorities - supporting the setting of research priorities that meet health needs particularly in low and middle income countries
  • Standards - creating an environment to create good research practice and enable the greater sharing of research evidence, tools and materials
  • Translation - ensuring quality evidence is turned into products and policy
  • Organization - action to strengthen the research culture within WHO and improve the management and coordination of WHO research activities