UAEM’s global campaign for alternative biomedical R&D

 

The way we make medicines is failing people while pharmaceutical companies report record high profits. UAEM believes there is another way.

We aim to create wider support among students, researchers, university administrators and politicians, for a reformed Research and Development (R&D) system that is driven by global health needs and that promotes equitable access to medicines. UAEM has traditionally tackled this goal in a bottom-up, campus based approach – aiming to change individual university practices and norms. Increasingly, we have realized that in order to achieve big picture change, we also need to change norms and practices at a very high, overarching level. This is why we have started urging institutions including the World Health Organization, to advocate for the negotiation of a global R&D agreement.

UAEM aims to create wider support among students, researchers, university administrations and politicians, towards a reformed Research and Development (R&D) system that is driven by global health needs and promotes equitable access to medicines. In 2015 UAEM launched a campaign in support of a global R&D agreement.

WATCH: UAEM’s short video about “How to fix the Research and Development system”

A global Research & Development Agreement could cover the following key points:  

  • A binding commitment of WHO Member States to ensure sustainable funding for R&D based on global health needs.
  • A commitment to use alternative mechanisms that do not rely on high prices to finance and incentivize true innovation.
  • Provisions to encourage sharing of knowledge and collaboration between researchers and across borders, enhancing the speed and efficiency of innovation.

As part of the campaign, UAEM launched an academic sign-on letter to call on WHO member states to begin negotiations on a Global R&D Agreement. UAEM continues to engage with politicians and delegates to the WHO on this pressing matter.

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Find the actions, milestones and media coverage of the 2015-2016 R&D Campaign in this media story!

Main advocacy tools

Interventions, activities and reactions by UAEM at WHO meetings

UAEM-TAC-StopAIDS demonstration on Thursday 26th May in front of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, during the 69th World Health Assembly.

UAEM’s submissions to the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

 

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