To Be Trusted Partner In Global Health, Private Sector Must Be Transparent, Accountable

The Lancet: Offline: Global health and the private sector
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“…The World Health Assembly is under attack. It is under attack by a private sector that seeks to exploit the growing calls for more partnerships in global health. In particular, the pharmaceutical industry is slowly colonizing global health in the same way that it has colonized clinical medicine. … The private sector is a core part of the global health ecosystem. But if it is to be a trusted partner, the private sector needs to be transparent and accountable for its claims and commitments. It needs to submit its work to independent evaluation and publication. And it needs to be subject to rules for participating in global health events, such as the World Health Assembly” (6/2).