Increasing transparency in partnerships for health – introducing the Green Light Committee
Public–private partnerships have become central to efforts to combat infectious diseases. The characteristics of specific partnerships, their governance structures, and their ability to effectively address the issues for which they are developed are being clarified
as experience is gained. In an attempt to promote access to and rational use of second-line anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs for the treatment of multidrug-resistant TB, a unique partnership known as the Green Light Committee (GLC) was established by the World Health Organization. This partnership
relies on five categories of actors to achieve its goal: academic institutions, civil society organizations, bilateral donors, governments of resource-limited countries, and a specialized United Nations agency. While the for-profit private sector is involved in terms of supplying concessionally
priced drugs it is excluded from decision-making. The effectiveness of the partnership emerges from its review process, flexibility to modify its modus operandi to overcome obstacles, independence from the commercial sector, and its ability to link access, rational use, technical assistance,
and policy development. The GLC mechanism may be useful in the development of other partnerships needed in the rational allocation of resources and tools for combating additional infectious diseases.
access to drugs;
Document Type: Research Article
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International Activities Branch, Atlanta, GA, USA
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Médecins Sans Frontières, International Office, Brussels, Belgium
Harvard Medical School, Programme In Infectious Disease and Social Change, Boston, MA, USA
Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association, The Hague, The Netherlands
Programa de Control Tuberculosis, Ministerio de Salud, Lima, Peru
Médecins Sans Frontières, Paris, France
Publication date: November 1, 2002
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Cegielski, J. Peter
Espinal, Marcos A.
Kim, Jim Y.
Lambregts-van Weezenbeek, Catherina S. B.
Raviglione, Mario C.
Suarez, Pedro G.