[Ip-health] UNITAID statement on G8 Summit conclusions

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Fri May 27 08:20:01 PDT 2011


UNITAID statement on G8 Summit conclusions

Geneva, 27 May 2011: UNITAID welcomes the G8's recognition of UNITAID's
efforts to expand access to treatment and in particular the invitation
for "the voluntary participation of patent owners, private and
public..." in the Medicines Patent Pool.

UNITAID raises predictable, additional funds, largely from a small
solidarity contribution from air travellers, to scale up access to
better medicines and innovative technologies to test and treat HIV/AIDS,
TB and malaria. The Medicines Patent Pool, now a separate foundation,
was created by UNITAID in 2010 to overcome patent barriers for new
medicines coming to market but prohibitively priced for the developing
world.  

"Political support from the G8 is critical for the availability of
newer, better medicines and the future of access in countries most
affected by HIV/AIDS," said Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chairman of UNITAID's
Executive Board.

UNITAID also welcomes the G8 mention of innovative financing as a way of
creating additional resources to address poverty and ill health. As the
first example of a mechanism funded by a global tax (the air solidarity
levy) UNITAID is one of a small number of innovative financing tools
working for global health.

See the G8 declaration at:
http://www.g20-g8.com/g8-g20/g8/english/live/news/renewed-commitment-for
-freedom-and-democracy.1314.html
See UNITAID statement at:
http://www.unitaid.eu/en/resources/news/335-unitaid-welcomes-the-g8s-dec
laration.html 


Contact: Daniela Bagozzi, UNITAID Communication, +41 79 475 54 90;
bagozzid at who.int





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