Executive Director's Message
Much of the RIGHT Foundation’s existence since its establishment in 2018 has coincided with the first pandemic in modern times. The fund was established with an intent to propel Korea as a growing ally in global health R&D collaboration with the mission of contributing to improving health and health equity globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a fresh sense of urgency and necessity to this mission.
On one hand, the pandemic confirmed that health technologies including vaccines and diagnostics are valuable in protecting the public in times of acute health emergencies. On the other hand, the pandemic reminds us that production of health technologies is not sufficient to ensure that these technologies benefit all. Health inequity is rooted in the inequalities in the ownership of material resources and knowledge. For technologies to serve our collective wellbeing, we must share resources, knowledge, and decision-making power over key parameters of health R&D, including what technologies would be useful in which contexts and how.
In pursuit of our mission of health equity, we reimagine what health R&D collaboration should look like. At a minimum, it is one that enables an exchange of knowledge about what would or would not be considered valuable technologies in particular health system contexts across countries, with a sense of humility and mutual respect. It is collaboration in the spirit of transnational solidarity and allyship for our collective wellbeing. It is distinct from leadership from an assumed sense of cultural or technological superiority. We believe such a model of collaboration is necessary to ensure that any technologies purported to serve global public health will have a sustainable and equitable impact, and that is the model of collaboration that the RIGHT Foundation aspires to catalyze.
Our vision is to become a platform for international collaboration to develop essential health technologies as global public good that can benefit all. We are young and have a long way ahead towards our mission. We are grateful for all those of you who are on this journey with us.