Returning to Durban, South Africa for the International AIDS Conference sixteen years later, the issue of high drug prices remains front and center. First generation antiretroviral medicines remain accessible and affordable in most low- and middle-income countries and some people in some regions have access to low-priced second-generation medicines because of voluntary licenses and discounted prices. But millions of people with HIV and their governments, especially in middle-income countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and in the Mideast and North Africa, face antiretroviral drug prices that are exclusionary because of drug monopolies. And yet, people with HIV have better access than most – our brothers and sisters living with cancer, hepatitis, mental illness, and other treatable health conditions face unrelenting intellectual property barriers. Meanwhile, the Indian generic industry - often referred to as "the pharmacy of the developing world" - is under threat.Read more
Statement of Concern from the International AIDS Conference
On closing spaces in India for civil society & generic medicines
We call on the Indian government to reverse course on a series of actions that threaten to undermine the global AIDS response. We are increasingly concerned about the closing space both for the civil society groups that have been critical in the AIDS response nationally and internationally and for the public health-supporting policies that ensure quality, affordable generic drugs for the world. India’s recent policy reversals have serious implications for human rights and access to HIV treatment in India and around the world.
We call on the Indian government to:
- End attacks on the Lawyers Collective and other NGOs and ensure the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act and other laws are not misused for political purposes.
- Implement policies to ensure Indian generic companies cannot be taken over by multinational pharmaceutical companies, thereby eliminating the generic competition people living with HIV and others depend on for affordable medicines.
- Resist pressure from the United States and multinational pharmaceutical companies to eliminate, undermine or cease using the critical public health safeguards in India’s Intellectual Property Laws including strict patent standards, oppositions, and compulsory licensing, that allow India to provide 90% of the world’s antiretrovirals. This includes rejecting TRIPS-plus demands in free trade agreement and bilateral investment treaty negotiations with Europe and in RCEP.
Health GAP was in Durban, South Africa for the 21st International AIDS Conference from July 18-22, 2016 where, with allies from around the world, we hosted workshops, gave presentations, convened activist meetings and took to the streets to protest the deadly political decisions that prevent people living with HIV from around the world from accessing life-saving treatment. Among our demands were:
- an end to broken funding promises
- action to address the massive shortage of health workers
- the elimination of bad trade deals that will drive up the prices of lifesaving medicines
- an end to bigotry, discrimination and repression that threatens to undermine the response.
Health GAP's CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN DURBAN
CALL TO ACTION: AIDS RESPONSE AT CODE RED
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MARCH FOR QUALITY TREATMENT FOR ALL!
Health GAP, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Section 27 organized a massive mobilization through the streets of Durban on the opening day of the conference. Over 6,000 activists from South Africa and around the world came together to demand that world leaders not turn their backs on people living with HIV.
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US ‘committed to AIDS funding’. BBC News Africa. July 19, 2016 | http://bbc.in/2apsF0E
Hope for ‘end of AIDS’ is disappearing, experts warn. The Guardian. July 31, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2aqDuL5
Think the AIDS epidemic is over? Far from it- it could be getting worse. The Guardian. July 31, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2aHBt1z
Why Obama’s ambition of an AIDS free generation is a pipe dream- podcast. The Guardian. August 1, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2atuftH
AIDS funding is in crisis. Who will step up? Devex. July 28, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2ayIdim
Funding shortfall threatens ‘test and treat’ for HIV and AIDS. Devex. July 25, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2an3g3F
Now is not the time to cut funding for SA’s HIV/AIDS programme, says US. Business Day. July 20, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2asX105
Pay now or pay forever. The Hindu. July 31, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2aqTuyG
#AIDS2016: more funding needed, says activists. IOL. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29QIUgS
Malawi: decline in HIV/AIDS donor funding scares UNAIDS Director. All Africa. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a1aeME
Africa: global AIDS fight jeopardised by funding drought. All Africa. July 21, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2aKMJuq
The complicated math of AIDS. Voices of America. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Zo0ye
AIDS response under threat as funds dwindle. Jamaica Observer. August 1, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2apLZes
13% decline in global HIV funds, NACO says all’s well. Times of India. July 20, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2arNuCw
Activists march on 21st AIDS conference in Durban. Berea Mail. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a812sB
March to AIDS conference highlights that millions remain untreated. Times Live. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29M0VgH
AIDS activists demand treatment for all. Jamaica Observer. July 18, 2016| http://bit.ly/29XEhoX
TAC stages protest at Durban AIDS Conference. ENCA. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29PMXgG
Alcom K. Progress towards 90-90-90 targets is promising, but funding is the critical step, says UNAIDS leader. NAM AIDS Map. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a6BoS9
Global AIDS gains ‘inadequate and fragile’ UN chief says. Boston Globe. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29LTiad
The world spent $1 billion less on AIDS, jeopardizing decades of progress. Washington Post. July 25, 2016 | http://wapo.st/2an4j5a
March for increased AIDS funding. Health 24. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a7X5UT
Optimism about ending AIDS misplaced, some experts say. The Stewardship Report. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Sqhwd
Access to ARVs for all. News 24. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29JtHmK
Optimism about ending AIDS misplaced, some experts say. Voice of America. July 16, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29OQDQZ
AIDS 2016: March urging India to protect access to medicine. East Coast Radio. July 21, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29RPy7I
Funds for HIV too little, could be fuelling epidemic: Global experts. The Times of India. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29JqlA2
NGOs, civil society organisations throttled in India: international activists. The Times of India. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2axhjEO
UN chief says gains made against AIDS ‘inadequate and fragile’. CBS News. July 18, 2016 | http://cbsn.ws/29RFb2A
Don’t spend money looking for an HIV cure- help the infected live instead, says the AIDS affected. Scroll. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Tfjnt