World Local Production Forum: Enhancing access to medicines and other health technologies (WLPF)
The World Local Production Forum: Enhancing access to medicines and other health technologies (WLPF) is a regular forum for the global community comprising foremost government leaders, technology experts, representatives of industry associations, the international community and other stakeholders under the auspices of WHO, and the co-host of Ethiopia, for public health impact.
For over two decades, there has been an increasing emphasis on the importance of local production and related technology transfer in the context of promoting equitable access to medicines and other health technologies. Many countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries, are viewing local production as a strategy to improve timely access and safeguard health security; however, existing challenges remain, and new challenges have emerged. In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, global manufacturing capacity has been shown to be insufficient to meet global health needs, and diversifying manufacturing of health products geographically to complement existing production chains could contribute to addressing this.
This first WLPF will be a virtual event held from 21 – 25 June 2021, and provides a global arena to stimulate dialogue and collaboration on opportunities and mechanisms for the promotion of local production and technology transfer as part of health technology programmes in line with national, regional and global health needs.
The WLPF aims to call Member States’ attention in aligning the production of health products as essential long-term infrastructure akin to food, water and energy as safeguards to protect national, regional and global security. It also aims to transform the spirit of the first interagency statement on promoting local production into practice.
- Provide a global platform to discuss challenges in promoting local production and technology transfer to improve access to quality, safe and effective health products and technologies, and to safeguard global, regional and national health security
- Identify priority health technologies with greatest need for transfer to LMICs to address challenges like shortages, high prices and monopolies
- Explore mechanisms and opportunities to promote/facilitate the transfer and local production of high priority technologies in LMICs
- Identify key areas of training that support capacity building for local production and technology transfer
- Promote partnerships and business linkages in the areas of technology transfer and local production
- Provide recommendations and actions for implementation by stakeholders
The WLPF format includes plenaries, panel discussions, presentations and participatory discussions amongst invited speakers and Forum attendees.