hands off our medicine

Help Doctors Without Borders send a message to the European Commission to keep their HANDS OFF OUR MEDICINE!

Millions of people in developing countries rely on affordable generic medicines to stay alive. More than 80% of the medicines used by MSF to treat AIDS across the developing world are produced in India. But the European Commission is now shutting off the tap of affordable medicines by attacking the production, registration, transportation and exportation of generic medicines. People who need these will be left without a lifeline.

Click here to TAKE ACTION TODAY! and write a letter to the European Commision urging them NOT to stop the flow of life giving medications to those in the developing world who desperately need them.

A majority of the drugs used by the American government’s PEPFAR HIV treatment program in Africa are from India. Anything that stifles the Indian ability to produce affordable HIV drugs will also affect the American program to create an AIDS-free generation. They will have to rely on expensive patented drugs, which means treating fewer patients.
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Leena Menghaney, representative of Doctors Without Borders in India, quoted in The Washington Post’s coverage of the ambitious free-trade agreement being negotiated between India and the European Union that could severely curtail India’s production and export of affordable drugs for millions living with HIV in developing countries.

For more coverage on the negotiations in India click here.

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Hands Off campaign protests have taken place all over the world, from Nairobi to Kathmandu via Jakarta, Manipur, Brussels and New Delhi.

The goal of all of these actions has been to stop mandates that would harm access to affordable, life-saving medicines for millions removed from international agreements such as the EU-India FTA.

MSF has joined thousands of protesters in the streets of New Dehli to demonstrate against the possible passing of law that would stop the flow of medications to those who desperately need them in the developing world.

For more information about the protests go here.