Throughout the world, health outcomes have improved dramatically over the past decade. The key to this global health progress has been and continues to be the advance in science-based, medical innovation, including new procedures, diagnostics, health technologies and medicines.
While progress has been made, there is still an urgent need to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and research for tomorrow’s cures to address unmet health needs and to reduce the global and economic burden of illness and disease.
There is also much that must be done to strengthen health systems to ensure that these advancements reach the patients who need them. As Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Health systems are the foundation for better health. All the donated drugs in the world won’t do any good without an infrastructure for their delivery.”
We, the undersigned, call on national governments around the world to support the global search for new treatments and cures through policies that support, incentivize and promote medical discovery and innovation.
We call on governments around the world to commit to providing sustainable health care delivery, so that people who need treatment and medicines can get them, no matter what their financial standing. Governments should ensure patient and citizen involvement in health policy development and transparency in their decision-making processes.
The Declaration is meant to be subscribed by civic and patients’ organizations and all relevant stakeholders.
The Document will be presented in the European Parliament in Brussels in 2015 during the 9th edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day with the name/logo of endorsers.
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Cittadinanzattiva has more than 30 year experience in the citizens’ rights protection in healthcare sector started with its Tribunal for patient’s rights (Tribunale per i diritti del malato) in 1980 and strengthened through the National Coordination of the Association of patients affected by chronic diseases in 1996.
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Some of the areas we decided to strengthen in the last years are pregnancy, maternity and fertility protection and defense, intervening particularly on this last topic in order to overcome prejudices and fears, explaining the opportunities given by the current regulatory framework to couples who want to have children but have difficulties in the conception.
The commitment of Cittadinanzattiva can be demonstrated with different kind of activities: