The World Health Organization is currently considering a major overhaul of its publications policy. There are serious problems with some of the proposed changes. If adopted, these changes may give commercial or ideological interests leverage to subvert the WHO’s ability to issue evidence-based public health materials, contrary to the constitutional mandate of the Organization. They would also undermine the agency’s flexibility, and interfere with regional and country offices’ ability to respond quickly to local circumstances.
Essential Action recommends that the policy be revised before approval.
An Essential Action briefing note on this issue is available here as an rtf document: Publicationpolicybriefingnote.rtf
A pdf version of the briefing note is available here: Publicationpolicybriefingnote.pdf