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Need the medicines! No access? Take action!. Eva M A Ombaka Member, Health Action International Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Medicines are essential part of life. Cannot leave health/medicines needs (esp. developing countries and the poor) to profit -seeking industry.

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Need the medicines no access take action

Need the medicines!No access? Take action!

Eva M A Ombaka

Member, Health Action International

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Medicines are essential part of life

Medicines are essential part of life

  • Cannot leave health/medicines needs (esp. developing countries and the poor) to profit -seeking industry.

    • Put public health before profit

  • Say no to a system that is not working!


Increasing access to medicines

Increasing access to medicines

Six C's are needed (Devi Sridhar):

  • Coalitions,

  • Civil society,

  • Citizenship,

  • Compromise,

  • Communication and

  • Collaboration.


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Increasing access to medicines

  • First: developing countries must form a coalition that comes together to achieve a very specific objective and does not fragment.

    • Unequal power between drug companies and many developing countries

    • E.g. NEPAD; Doha, Regional communities


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Increasing access to medicines

  • Second: CSOs committed to health issues must continue to push the issue onto the political agenda. E.g.

    • CSOs playing a role in research-provide data

    • Activists can campaign e.g. loud support for the implementation of the TRIPS safeguards

    • Undertake advocacy work with policy makers and funders

    • Be part of agenda setting


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Increasing access to medicines

  • Third: citizens in developed countries need to pressure their governments to prioritize health concerns through lobbying, protesting and supporting CSOs e.g.

    • Health Gap

    • Act Up Paris


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Increasing access to medicines

  • Fourth: the various stakeholders must compromise to a certain extent so that progress can be made e.g.

    • HAI/WHO pricing study

    • MeTA

    • IGWIG


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Increasing access to medicines

  • Fifth: health activists must communicate to the media, so that the media can frame the issue of access to essential medicines in an appealing manner.

    • Collect information at grassroots

    • Document, document, document!!

    • Publish research findings


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Increasing access to medicines

  • Sixth: developing countries, CSOs and citizens in developed and developing countries must collaborate to ensure that the barriers to access to essential medicines are overcome.

    • Kenya coalition on access to medicines

    • TAC in South Africa


Increasing access to medicines individual actions

Increasing access to medicines-individual actions

Be a resource!

  • Skills

  • Profession

  • Time

  • Financial

  • In-kind


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Increasing access to medicines-individual actions

  • Use medicines carefully, rationally-it’s a precious resource

  • Be informed-local situation, international situation

  • Have a moral compass-not lose your independence individually or in groups

  • Support alternative sources and life styles


Need the medicines no access take action

Pharmacy? Grocery store? Trained? Expired? Rational? . . .


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Increasing access to medicines-individual actions

  • Join others e.g.

    • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)

    • Community-Based Organizations (CBO)

    • Faith-based organizations e.g. YM/W/CA, Ramakrishna Mission etc

    • Voluntary (patient) health organizations

    • Networks/Movements e.g. PHM; HAI – in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Europe; EPN; ReAct; etc etc


Get involved thank you

Get involved.....Thank you!


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