Access to medicines in the Global South
$30.00
Per person
Excl. 10% service fee

Access to medicines in the Global South

Workshop

About this experience

In today's world medicines to treat hepatitis C​,​ drug-resistant TB​,​ and many cancers are unaffordable for large numbers of people. In rich countries​,​ people living with those diseases can live better and longer because of drugs​,​ which are provided by states. In countries of the global South​,​ people affected by those suffer more and die earlier because they have no access to treatments. Poverty​,​ lack of education and social inequality speed up the spread of the epidemics​,​ but the challenge is above all political​,​ involving governments​,​ international bodies and pharmaceutical companies. In order to be effective​,​ the fight against those diseases needs to challenge key international mechanisms and institutions. Therefore it became a war for access to medicines. How to find solutions to remedy the policy incoherence between the rights of inventors​,​ international human rights​,​ law trade rules and public health in the context of health technologies? This activity is based on a case which came before the South African high court in 2001. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa prosecuted president Nelson Mandela​,​ and others including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) for disregarding their patents on HIV medicines and for importing cheaper​,​ generic drugs to treat the millions of citizens suffering from AIDS. The judges had to balance the different interests and rights of the two sides. On the one hand the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association claimed the right to property​,​ equality or free choice of trade​,​ occupation and profession while​,​ on the other hand​,​ the government and TAC claimed that it was the duty of the state to respect​,​ protect​,​ promote and fulfill the fundamental rights of human dignity and lives of its citizens. Participants will be involved in simulating the trial that took place in South Africa. The questions are: Is the right to property a valid argument to jeopardise the right to life and dignity of a group of people? Are the rights to life and health a valid argument for overriding the right to property? Objectives of the workshop are: to raise awareness about the right to health​,​ particularly access to affordable medicine and the treatment and prevention of HIV​/​AIDS to develop skills of communication​,​ co-operation and consensus building to foster solidarity and ideals of justice

This experience includes

sandwiches, water

Duration

4 hours

Availability

The experience needs to be booked in advance as some dates may not be available due to special events and other commitments.

Participant capacity

8 - 20 people

Social impact focus

  • Animals
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Equality

If you buy this experience

For every participant going on our experience you help our aid programmes in South Sudan.

Location

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    Plac Sikorskiego, Plac Sikorskiego, Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship 31-115, Poland

    Access to medicines in the Global South

    Workshop
    About this experience
    In today's world medicines to treat hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB, and many cancers are unaffordable for large numbers of people. In rich countries, people living with those diseases can live better and longer because of drugs, which are provided by states. In countries of the global South, people affected by those suffer more and die earlier because they have no access to treatments. Poverty, lack of education and social inequality speed up the spread of the epidemics, but the challenge is above all political, involving governments, international bodies and pharmaceutical companies. In order to be effective, the fight against those diseases needs to challenge key international mechanisms and institutions. Therefore it became a war for access to medicines. How to find solutions to remedy the policy incoherence between the rights of inventors, international human rights, law trade rules and public health in the context of health technologies? This activity is based on a case which came before the South African high court in 2001. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa prosecuted president Nelson Mandela, and others including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) for disregarding their patents on HIV medicines and for importing cheaper, generic drugs to treat the millions of citizens suffering from AIDS. The judges had to balance the different interests and rights of the two sides. On the one hand the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association claimed the right to property, equality or free choice of trade, occupation and profession while, on the other hand, the government and TAC claimed that it was the duty of the state to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the fundamental rights of human dignity and lives of its citizens. Participants will be involved in simulating the trial that took place in South Africa. The questions are: Is the right to property a valid argument to jeopardise the right to life and dignity of a group of people? Are the rights to life and health a valid argument for overriding the right to property? Objectives of the workshop are: • to raise awareness about the right to health, particularly access to affordable medicine and the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS • to develop skills of communication, co-operation and consensus building • to foster solidarity and ideals of justice
    Included in this experience
    sandwiches, water
    Duration
    4 hours
    Availability
    The experience needs to be booked in advance as some dates may not be available due to special events and other commitments.
    Participant capacity
    8 - 20 people

    Experience host

    Hello, we're Polish Medical Mission.

    Polish Medical Mission Association is a humanitarian, non-governmental non-profit organization aiming in saving lives and pain alleviation through the medical care and humanitarian and developmental help. PMM has been established in 1999 by volunteer doctors and nurses. A direct impetus for its inception was a humanitarian catastrophe of the war in Kosovo and a mass refuge of Albanians escaping from areas embraced by the conflict. As an association, we provide victims of wars, catastrophes and natural disasters with a professional medical care. Our mission is to improve life quality with implementing health and humanitarian programs that build local capacity in poor and support needing communities all over the world. We achieve our goals through a direct medical help, education, humanitarian and developmental help for those who are in the utmost need. Our beneficiaries are citizens of the world’s poorest regions, refugees and groups at risk of social exclusion.

    Polish Medical Mission Association is a humanitarian, non-governmental non-profit organization aiming in saving lives and pain alleviation through the medical care and humanitarian and developmental help. PMM has been established in 1999 by volunteer doctors and nurses. A direct impetus for its inception was a humanitarian catastrophe of the war in Kosovo and a mass refuge of Albanians escaping from areas embraced by the conflict. As an association, we provide victims of wars, catastrophes and natural disasters with a professional medical care. Our mission is to improve life quality with implementing health and humanitarian programs that build local capacity in poor and support needing communities all over the world. We achieve our goals through a direct medical help, education, humanitarian and developmental help for those who are in the utmost need. Our beneficiaries are citizens of the world’s poorest regions, refugees and groups at risk of social exclusion.