NZ should demand US scale back stricter access rules to generic drugs in TPP talks. Despite commitment to end AIDS, the US government is introducing stronger intellectual property rules through trade agreements, like the TPPA currently being negotiated with New Zealand and seven other countries - and bilateral pressure that will undermine the fight against AIDS by devastating the ability of developing countries to access affordable anti-retroviral medicines.
A major health insurance scheme in Ghana that the World Bank is pushing as a success model for other developing countries is severely flawed and not working for most Ghanaians, according to a new report by international agency Oxfam and Ghanaian non-governmental organisations.
The current health system in Ghana is unfair and inefficient. Coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been hugely exaggerated, and could be as low as 18%. Instead that most people are having to continue to pay out-of-pocket for their health care in a parallel "cash-and-carry" system. The government can and should move fast to implement free health care for all citizens.
The proliferation of substandard, dangerous medicines in poor countries is being used by rich countries as an excuse to tighten intellectual property rules, boosting the profits of large pharmaceutical companies while making it harder for poor people to get access to the medicines they need, according to a report published today by international agency Oxfam.
Poor-quality, or 'substandard', medicines threaten patients and public health in developing countries. Prioritization of medicines regulation by developing-country governments, with the technical and financial support of rich countries, is badly needed. Under the guise of helping to address dangerous and ineffective medicines, rich countries are pushing for new intellectual-property rules and reliance on police - rather than health regulatory - action. This approach will not ensure that medicines consistently meet quality standards. Worse, new intellectual property rules can undermine access to affordable generic medicines and damage public health. Developing countries must improve medicines regulation – not expand intellectual-property enforcement - in order to ensure medicine quality.
World leaders made no real commitments to ensure universal access to prevention, treatment and care for AIDS at this week’s International AIDS conference in Vienna.
HIV and AIDS women’s health advocates at the International AIDS Conference have criticised the lack of funding and policy support from international donors and governments for female condoms, which are a critical woman-initiated tool for fighting the HIV epidemic.
As preparations for the world AIDS conference in Vienna get underway, international agency Oxfam has called on world leaders to take steps to provide immediate access to HIV and AIDS treatment, care and prevention for the millions of poor people who need it.
As the next round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations get underway this week, international development agency Oxfam has called on the negotiating parties to ensure the Agreement does not erect new barriers that prevent generic medicines from reaching poor countries.
Martha Wainwright is a Canadian singer/songwriter. She has joined up with Scottish rockers Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill on a new version of their iconic Simple Minds song ‘Promised You a Miracle’, launching worldwide this month [May 2010]. The new acoustic version of the 1982 hit single has been recorded for international development agency Oxfam as an appeal to world leaders to prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of women who die because of complications in pregnancy and childbirth.