Leveraging grassroots capacity against IP in Latin America

Leveraging grassroots capacity against IP in Latin America

Project

The proposal will be implemented by RedLAM (Latin American Network for the Access to Medicines) comprised civil society organizations working in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The program aims to strengthen CS’s capacity to take action to overcome IP barriers to access to medicines. The main objective is to enhance quality of life of PLHIV by scaling up access to HIV/HCV treatment in Latin America region.
To achieve this, the technical expertise of PLHIV communities, CS organizations and activists will be enhanced and developed. Public awareness of the negative impact of IP barriers on prices and access to ARV/HCV medicines will be increased. And south-south cooperation among Latin-American activists working on IP issues will be improved.

Project details

Time frame
31 December 2014 - 29 December 2017
Budget
€ 120,000
Active in
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru

Objectives

At the end of the project it is expected that public awareness about the negative impact of Intellectual Property on access to medicines improved, community mobilization and actions to overcome IP related barriers to access to medicines increased and access to essential medicines in Latin America improved.

Background

The program will address the negative impact of intellectual property rights (IPR) on access to HIV and HCV medicines. In Latin American countries, mostly middle-income countries (MICs), the negative impact of IPR will become increasingly important. As a current trend, MICs are the main countries not getting benefits from reduced prices decided by companies, as well as being excluded of international policy options for medicines under monopolistic situation. At the same time, LA countries are amongst the ones that have been providing access to ARVs for longest, and will need to switch to newer lines of treatment. The increased price of newer medicines has raised worries about the sustainability and continuance of access to medicines policies. The same is happening to the new medicines that are coming out to treat Hepatitis C. They are under patent protection and the discounted prices and voluntary licenses being negotiated by the multinationals companies that hold the patent right excludes MICs.

In Argentina the activities will focus on reducing patent barriers for the following ARVs and combinations: lopinavir/r; EFV+TDF+FTC; and TDF+FTC; in Brazil: lopinavir/r, atazanavir/r, darunavir, TAF, etravirine, raltegravir and dolutegravir; in Peru: atazanavir; in Colombia: lopinavir/r; in Mexico: EFV+TDF+FTC. In relation to HepC, the targeted medicine of our campaigns will initially be: sofosbuvir. It is also important to highlight that the proposal also aims at promoting structural changes in the IP laws, therefore impacting all medicines that under or subject to patent protection.

Goals

Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
100%
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