[Ip-health] Access to Medicines Week Press Release

Chris Redd reddchris40 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 03:20:46 PST 2014

*Students hold international week of action to demand “Medicines for
People, Not for Profits”*

In the first week of November, students across Europe and the world held a
week of action to highlight the failures of the current system of
pharmaceutical research and raise awareness for existing alternatives.“The
current system of pharmaceutical research is failing. Diseases affecting
the poor are ignored, and
millions of people die needlessly because they cannot access the life
saving treatment they need”, said Andrea Mauracher, a recent medical
graduate from the University of Zurich and one of the key voices behind the
campaign. She added: “Through ‘Access to Medicines Week’, we want to tell
universities and
politicians that a different model for providing medicines is possible.”

Activities for the week included film screenings, panel debates, workshops,
flash-mobs and the release of the short film 'The Proposal
On social media, the week received support from DNDi
<https://twitter.com/DNDi/status/529666766512087040>, MSF Access
<https://twitter.com/MSF_access/status/530668667378626560>, Health Poverty
Action <https://twitter.com/HealthPoverty/status/530370786679205889>, HAI
Europe <https://twitter.com/HAIEurope/status/529241700758470656>, and
the Medicines
Patent Pool <https://twitter.com/MedsPatentPool/status/527463158391508992>.
Throughout the week, students rallied support for a petition
which will be delivered to university Deans across Europe.

“Universities are uniquely-placed to respond to the global crisis in access
and innovation. They should champion a more equitable, needs-driven
pharmaceutical research system”, said Lukas Fendel, Executive Director of
UAEM’s European branch. “We are adding the voices of students and
researchers to support calls by the World Health Organisation, Doctors
Without Borders, and many others. We need medicines that are made for
people, not for profits,” he added.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) <http://uaem.org/> is a
global network of students and young researchers across the globe, working
to improve access to medicines by demanding policy change at their
universities, governments, and at an international level. Recent advocacy
work by the organisation has included
submissions to the UN and European Parliament, delegations to the World
Health Assembly, research on the affordability of Hepatitis C medicines,
and an acclaimed report card <http://globalhealthgrades.org/> measuring the
commitment of universities to promoting Global Health.

Details about the week, and all of the events that have occurred in Europe
are available on the Access to Medicines Week website
<http://www.a2m-week.org/>, or the facebook page

Chris Redd, reddchris40 at gmail.com (+447759840956);
Lukas Fendel, lfendel at uaem.org (+493031173391);
Andrea Mauracher, a.a.mauracher at gmail.com

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