Call for Proposals: Challenging Intellectual Property Barriers that Prevent Access to Treatment for People Living with HIV

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Aidsfonds has announced its 2017 Call for Proposals: Challenging intellectual property barriers that prevent access to treatment for people living with HIV in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh and/or Ukraine.

With this call, Aidsfonds aims to support civil society organisations with a track record in treatment advocacy addressing intellectual property barriers and holding their governments accountable for access to essential medicines, lowering costs of pharmaceuticals and thereby contributing to financial and programmatic sustainability of the HIV response.

This call for proposals directly contributes to two of the four long-term goals identified in the Aidsfonds strategic plan: a strong Civil Society and fewer barriers to access treatment, care and support. The strategic plan focuses on realizing our vision: the end of AIDS in a world where all people affected by HIV and STIs access prevention, treatment, care and support.

Organisations that meet the definitions and criteria set by this call for proposals are invited to apply for a grant to support the proposed programs for three years (2018-2020). Proposals should build towards one or more of the following longer term goals:

  • Repelling harmful provisions in free trade agreements;
  • Incorporating flexibilities in national patent laws;
  • Ensuring that existing flexibilities are used, including the opposition to new patents or issuing compulsory licenses.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 22, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) CEST.

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About Ufuoma Akpotaire 310 Articles
Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: