Regional workshop on access to medicines

The issue of access to medicines in Asia is very urgent considering there is no concerted effort among civil society groups to actively advocate for the implementation of World Trade Organization‘s Doha Development Round‘s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) flexibilities among governments in the region. It must be acknowledged though that there are individual countries such as India, Thailand and Malaysia where successes are made, but there has to be greater effort to replicate these successes in other Asian countries.

It is for this reason that Oxfam-International East Asia, Third World Network (TWN) , Department of Health (DOH), Ayos na Gamot sa Abot-Kayang Presyo (AGAP) Coalition, and Cut the Cost, Cut the Pain Network (3CPNet) have come together to organize a Regional workshop on access to medicines on 15-16 March 2007 at SEAMEO-Innotech, Diliman, Quezon City to foster unity and linkages among civil society groups and key government agencies and strengthen their work on patents and medicines in Asia and build their capacity to understand and initiate efforts to challenge dubious drug patents in their countries or collectively in several countries in some important cases whenever these are found.

Regional forum concept paper and program
Location Map of the regional forum

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  1. 1 Insuring people’s access to medicines through people’s unity « Fair Trade Alliance (FairTrade-Philippines)

    […] Magandang umaga sa ating lahat!  A warm welcome to you all, especially to our foreign participants and delegates to this Regional Workshop on Access to Medicines! […]




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