Strategic funding to coordinate and leverage current initiatives that address intellectual property (IP) barriers that impede access to medicines in middle-income countries (MICs).

Strategic funding to coordinate and leverage current initiatives that address intellectual property (IP) barriers that impede access to medicines in middle-income countries (MICs).

Project

There is a constant and growing pool of lawyers, IP specialists and community activists who work on Intellectual Property issues, but they do so under difficult circumstances and with very limited resources. In addition, in many parts of the world, civil society is lacking the experience and technical knowledge needed to meaningfully engage at national and global level on questions of IP laws, TRIPS flexibilities and trade negotiations. Additionally, the existing national/regional advocacy initiatives led by civil society are not linked to each other and lack coordination to feed a global campaign aiming to advance the IP and access agenda at higher political level. With this funding, ITPC can play a coordinating role of the different efforts of civil society; bringing together the IP work, bridging the programs from different donors and most importantly increasing the impact of this work for people living with HIV. The project will focus on the following areas of work:
- To build capacity on IP within civil society, especially in middle-income countries, in order to develop national strategies and engagement plans with governments, regional organizations and the generic and originator pharmaceutical industry.
- To build greater solidarity among civil society organizations across the globe to pursue a common agenda and to facilitate inter-country and cross-organizational learning especially among countries that have engaged out of need, in these debates for some time and those who are just entering this stream of work.
- To coordinate the many different actions at country level and in different regions and to ensure that lessons learned from these actions are understood to be part of a global advocacy campaign which addresses global policy makers, normative guidance agencies and donor agencies.

Project details

Time frame
30 December 2015 - 30 August 2018
Budget
€ 120,000
Active in
Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Tunisia, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Global IP coordinator based in Marrakech, Morocco

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Objectives

Bringing together the IP work, bridging the programs from different donors and most importantly increasing the impact of this work for people living with HIV

Background

In middle-income countries there is an increased focus on addressing IP challenges as a major barrier to access to essential medicines. At global level, a set of recommendations emanated from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, with a clear call on the UN Secretary General to facilitate the development of a new framework for IP. In short, many stakeholders now agree that IP is the next big human rights challenge on the horizon to address HIV and related co-infections. While there are now a few donor agencies (OSF, Aids Fonds and UNITAID), funding greater civil society engagement in this area, it is also clear that civil society is fractured in terms of the best possible strategies.

In 2014, Aids Fonds launched a call for proposals to support civil society interventions to address IP barriers to access to treatment of HIV and HCV.
At the same time the UNITAID project ‘Intervention to increase Access to Medicines in MICs’ started, with ITPC as the global lead. This grant is now positioning ITPC as a significant coordinator of civil society interventions on IP. Part of the UNITAID support will enable ITPC to produce capacity building tools and to create a new website (under construction), dedicated specifically on access to medicines and IP barriers in middle income countries. ITPC has created a specific full time job position dedicated to IP and access to Medicines (Othoman Mellouk).

Goals

Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
100%
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