Richard Laing

Member of the Expert Review Committee

Richard Laing is a member of the Expert Review Committee for the Access to Medicine Index in 2016, 2014, 2012 and 2008. He is Professor of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, USA, and Extraordinary Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa. Formerly, Richard was a Medical Coordinator of the Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies at the World Health Organization (WHO). At the WHO, he was responsible for Medicine Information and Evidence for the policy team.

Prior to joining the WHO in 2003 as a Medical Officer, Richard spent 13 years at Boston University where he obtained post-graduate degrees in public health and health policy before becoming Professor of Public Health at Boston University. He has served on a number of WHO Expert Committees. He has an extensive list of academic publications and is one of the editors and authors of the standard text ‘Managing Drug Supply’. Richard was one of the authors of the ‘Priority Medicines for Europe and the World’ report and has been engaged in working on measurement of medicines pricing and availability as part of the joint WHO/Health Action Iinternational (HAI) project. Currently he edits the Essential Medicines Monitor. Richard Laing is a physician who worked for 18 years in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe before joining the WHO.

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