Richard Elliott relliott at aidslaw.ca
Wed Nov 21 08:35:28 PST 2012


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Endorsed by more than 80 civil society organizations from around the world

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 - From around the world, we are organizations actively engaged in responding to the global AIDS crisis. We write to remind you that, while great progress has been made on preventing millions of new HIV infections and getting life-saving medicines to those in need, this epidemic is far from over. We urge you to seize the opportunity before you to fix Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) and make a significant contribution to overcoming this global tragedy. 

At this time, still fewer than half of those people in low- and middle-income countries who need AIDS drugs are able to get them. The situation is even worse for children with HIV.  Millions more will die unless the international commitment to achieve "universal access" to AIDS treatment is maintained.  

For countries with limited resources, medicines must be affordable. Many countries cannot afford expensive, patented brand-name medicines. Harnessing the power of market competition through access to generics has been critical thus far in getting more affordable AIDS medicines to millions in the developing world. But this progress must be sustained and expanded, and laws such as CAMR could help, if made workable.  

More than eight years ago, every single Canadian parliamentarian voted to create CAMR, a law aimed at enabling the supply of more affordable, generic medicines to treat HIV and other public health problems. This law was a pledge by Canada to help respond to the health needs of the developing world. Indeed, it was an important initiative which set a global precedent. 

But as you know, CAMR has not delivered what was promised. Bureaucratic red tape has kept it from being the simple, rapid, flexible tool that is needed. We urge you to act now to fix it by adopting the reforms proposed by Canadian treatment advocates, including the "one-licence solution" that will streamline and simplify the law so that generic medicines can be supplied quickly and easily, at competitive prices, in response to the evolving needs of developing countries. 

This is a concrete contribution you can make, as Canadian parliamentarians and leaders, to supporting developing countries struggling to turn the tide on the global AIDS crisis and address other public health needs of their people. Saving millions of lives is within our collective power. We ask that you do your part and help Canada deliver on its promise of affordable medicines for all. 

These organizations join their voices to the lengthy list of Canadian faith leaders, scientists and physicians and other prominent people calling on Parliament to fix CAMR. For further information, please visit www.medicinesforall.ca. 

Endorsed by:

ACT UP Boston, USA
Act Up-Paris, France
AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), USA
AIDS Treatment News, USA
Akwenyutu Women Living with HIV/AIDS, Uganda
Alliance of Counties against HIV AIDS, Kenya
Apostolic Faith Mission Social Development Division, Lesotho 
Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS (ALAFA), Lesotho
Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), Global
Asociación Hetaira, Spain
bufaS - Bündnis der Fachberatungsstellen für Sexarbeiter_innen, Germany
BUKO Pharma-Kampagne, Germany
Cambodian Haemophilia Association, Cambodia
Centre for Health Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Uganda
Church of Scotland (HIV Programme), UK
Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, Malawi
COHEWAS, Eldoret, Kenya
Communaute camerounaise des femmes positives, Cameroon
Community of Women Living with HIV, Lesotho
Desiree Alliance, USA
Ethiopian Hemophilia Society (EHS), Ethiopia
Family Rescue Initiatives, Uganda
Family Support Initiative (FASI), Uganda
Global Coalition of Women against AIDS in Uganda, Global
Global Network of People with HIV, North America (GNP+ NA), North America
Global Network of Sex Work Projects, USA
Greek Haemophilia Society (GHS), Greece
Haemophilia Foundation of Nigeria, Nigeria
Health GAP (Global Access Project), USA, Kenya
HelpAge International, UK
Hemophilia Federation, India
Hemophilia Society of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA), USA
Homecare Angels, Kenya
International Civil Society Support, The Netherlands
International Planned Parenthood Federation, USA
Iraqi Hemophilia Society, Iraq
Irish Haemophilia Society Ltd, Ireland
John Augustus Abendo Charitable Organization, Kenya
Kawempe Homebased Caregivers Alliance, Uganda	Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN), Kenya
Kibera Community Self Help Program (KICOSHEP-K), Kenya
Latvia Hemophilia Society, Latvia
Lesotho Nurses Association, Lesotho
Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign, Global
Mesa de Concertacion LTGB y TS de Lima Metropolitana, Peru
Mother's Club, Uganda
Namibia Women Health Network, Namibia
National Community of Women Living with HIV, Uganda
Network for Disabled People Living with AIDS, Tanzania
Network of Journalists Living with HIV (JONEHA), Malawi
Pan African Positive Women's Coalition, Global
PLHIV, Tunisia
Positive Life Organisation (PLON), Nigeria
Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+), Malaysia
Positive Women's Network, South Africa
Positive Youth Initiative Nigeria (PYIN), Nigeria
Positve Life Organisation, Nigeria (PLON), Nigeria
Prosressio, Zimbabwe
Public Citizen (Global Access to Medicines Program), USA
Serbian Haemophilia Society, Serbia
SHIVouth Sudan Network of PLHIV, South Sudan
Slum Women's Initiative for Development, Uganda
Social Welfare Corporation Habataki Welfare Project, Japan
Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), Ghana
Stop AIDS Campaign, UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development, UK
Student Global AIDS Campaign, Global
TAMPEP International Foundation, The Netherlands
Thai Treatment Action Group, Thailand
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Uganda
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), USA
Timret Lehiwat Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Tunisia Rahma of PLHIV and GS++ of PLHIV, Tunisia
UCOGAC Secretariat, Uganda
Victory Foundation, Kenya
Vision Alive, Kenya
WEECE (Womens  Education and Economic Centre), Tanzania
WEM Integrated Health Services (WEMIHS), Kenya
Women Living with HIV/AIDS, Amuria District, Uganda
World AIDS Campaign, USA
Young Achievers, Namibia

Canadian partners calling for CAMR reform include:

2-Spirited People of the First Nations
Access AIDS Sudbury
Action Canada for Population and Development
African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
Africans in Partnership Against AIDS
AIDS Action Now!
AIDS Bow Valley
AIDS Calgary Awareness Association
AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton
AIDS Comittee of Chatham-Kent
AIDS Committee of Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo and Area
AIDS Committee of London
AIDS Committee of Ottawa
AIDS Committee of Toronto
AIDS Committee of Windsor
AIDS New Brunswick
AIDS Program South Saskatchewan
AIDS Saint John
AIDS Saskatoon
AIDS Thunder Bay
Alberta Community Council on HIV
Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention
ANKORS: Kootenay AIDS Service
Asian Community AIDS Services
Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
Bracelet of Hope
BRAS Outaouais
British Columbia Nurses' Union
Bruce House - Ottawa
Bureau Regional d'Action SIDA (BRAS)
Canada Africa Community Health Alliance
Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS (CAP/AIDS)
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
Canadian Association of HIV Research
Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Canadian Auto Workers Canada
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Coalition on HIV/AIDS and Youth in Africa
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Canadian Crossroads International
Canadian Federation for Sexual Health
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)
Canadian Feed The Children
Canadian Hemophilia Society
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Canadian Hunger Foundation
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)
Canadian Public Health Association
Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
Canadian Support of Rural African Initiatives
Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC)
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)
Canadians for CAMR
CARE Canada
Carleton University AIDS Awareness Society
Center for International Studies and Cooperation
Central Alberta Addictions Consortium
Centre for International Health
City of Prince Albert

Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA)
Commission de la sante et des service sociaux des premieres Nations Quebec et Labrador
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (Local 467)
Conception Bay North AIDS Interest Group Inc.
Defence for Children International Canada
Dignitas International
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)
Healing Our Spirit
Help Lesotho
Hiiye'yu Lelum Society
HIV Network of Edmonton Society
HIV North Society
HIV Society of Southeastern Alberta
Horizons of Friendship
Hummingbird Kids Society
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)
International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)
KAIROS - Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Maison Plein Coeur
Manitoba Nurses' Union
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
National Congress of Black Women's Foundation
National Union of Public and General Employees
New Brunswick Nurses Union
New Heights Community Health Centres
Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union
Northern HIV And Health Education Society
Northern AIDS Connection
North-South Institute
Nova Scotia Nurses' Union
Oasis Health Centre
Ontario Council for International Cooperation
Ontario First Nations HIV/AIDS Education Circle
Ontario HIV Treatment Network
Ontario Nurses' Association
Oxfam Canada
People to People Aid Organization (Canada) Inc. People's Health Movement Canada
Plan Canada
Plan International Canada
Positive Living BC
Positive Women's Network
Positively AFRICA
Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
Prince Edward Island Nurses' Union
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Rights & Democracy
Sandy Hill Community Centre
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
Save the Children Canada
SHARP Foundation
SIDACTION (Trois-Rivieres)
STOP TB Canada
Students Against Global AIDS
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
The CTN - CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network
The Marquis Project
The Stephen Lewis Foundation
Transition House Association of Newfoundland
Transition House Association of Nova Scotia
Tsewulhtun Health Center Cowichan Tribes
Union for Improved Services, Communication, and Education
Unité de recherche en santé des populations
United Church of Canada
United Nurses of Alberta
United Steelworkers
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS)
Women's Education and Economic Centre (WEECE)
YWCA Canada


For more information and to schedule interviews with civil society representatives, please contact:

Janet Butler-McPhee
Director of Communications	
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network 
jbutler at aidslaw.ca		
416-595-1666 ext. 228
416-268-2549 (cell)

Richard Elliott
Executive Director | Directeur général
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network | Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida 
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