Monthly Archives: May 2011

Briefing Paper: Investment and IPR chapters of EU India FTA endangers access to medicines

A brief analysis of investment and IPR chapter of EU- India FTA is released by civil society and community networks highlighting the threat to access to medicines in India and the developing world. The briefing paper provides in-depth analysis of … Continue reading

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UAEM Statement on Access to Non-Communicable Diseases Treatment

Here is a statement about access to affordable treatments for noncommunicable diseases prepared for the World Health Assembly’s committee session on NCDs last week by Health Action International and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Despite being submitted in due time … Continue reading

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Civil Society’s letter on Conflicts of Interest, Future Financing, Reform and governance of the WHO

WHO Director General Margaret Chan presented the development plan – “The future of financing for WHO, World Health Organization: reforms for a healthy future” in 64th World Health Assembly held this month in Geneva. The plan is being greatly criticized … Continue reading

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Médecins Sans Frontières: EU position on AIDS response for UN summit at odds with support for WHO strategy

23 May 2011, Geneva “Today at the World Health Assembly, European countries, along with all World Health Organisation Member States, endorsed the WHO strategy for HIV/AIDS for the next five years, which sets ambitious goals and strategies to guide the health … Continue reading

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Money Needed for ART Funding

Inter Press Service, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Louise Redvers JOHANNESBURG, May 23 (IPS) – Fixed targets for universal access to AIDS treatment and funding to make it achievable are what HIV and AIDS organisations want from the upcoming United Nations General … Continue reading

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Free trade: Bumpy road ahead on the way to a deal with Europe

Financial Times By Amy Kazmin Published: May 19 2011 17:32 For nearly four years, India and the European Union have been engaged in protracted and sometimes painful negotiations on a comprehensive free trade deal to apply to both goods and … Continue reading

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Developing countries tabled a proposal at WIPO on patent and public health

Bilateral and regional agreements should not restrict use of patent flexibilities at national level  The African Group and the Development Agenda Group, which consists of some 20 cross-regional countries including Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia and South Africa put up a new … Continue reading

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Civil Society on transparency, public health in TPPA: 28 Senators call for highest standards of protection IP in agreement

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, eight civil society organizations submitted joint comments and recommendations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement [1] (TPPA). The document covers five broad areas including transparency, general public health safeguards, patent provisions, enforcement provisions, and pharmaceutical pricing … Continue reading

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World’s poorest countries can improve access to medicines through local production, says United Nations

John Zarocostas, British Medical Journal Local production of pharmaceuticals in some poor African and Asian countries, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, and Bangladesh, has the potential to improve access to essential drugs for many of the one billion people who live … Continue reading

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Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNITAID, and DFID Announce Lower Prices for HIV/AIDS Medicines in Developing Countries

Partnership to Reduce ARV Prices will Yield Savings of at Least $600 Million Over 3 Years Boston, MA; Geneva; and London, 17 May 2011 – Today, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), UNITAID, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) announced further price reductions … Continue reading

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