Category Archives: Africa

Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the Size of Egypt

The New York Times; December 16, 2015. SHABAS EL SHUHADA, Egypt — Abdel Gawad Ellabbad knows exactly how he was infected with hepatitis C. As a schoolboy in this Nile Delta rice-farming village, his class marched to the local clinic every month … Continue reading

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Stalled policy will cost lives: patient groups appeal to South African minister Davies

Treatment Action Campaign; October 29, 2015. Cape Town/ Johannesburg – The Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) Campaign, today called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to end years of pharmaceutical company price gouging and broken promises for patent law … Continue reading

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The Op-Ed: What Patent Reform In Brazil And South Africa Can Mean

Source: Pharmalot In recent months, two countries with large economies and large populations both took steps to rework their patent laws, in part, to expand access to medicines. The moves come amid increasing concerns that treatments for certain ailments, such … Continue reading

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Join the fight for more affordable medicines!!17 Oct Pretoria, South Africa

Comrades, join the fight for more affordable medicines!! On 17th October, join the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION 27 to tell the Department for Trade and Industry to once and for all, Fix our Patent Laws!! When: Thursday … Continue reading

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Call for sign on: Open letter on South African patent law reform from civil society, academics and experts

Source: Fixthepatentlaws On September 4, 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published the Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013, for public comment. This draft policy is an important first step toward reforming the country’s patent laws … Continue reading

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