Six partners meet to launch new project
On 24-26 February 2015, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and its partners held a pre-grant implementation workshop for their new project focused on access to HIV treatment for people living in middle-income countries.
The project, which is supported by UNITAID, will take place over the next three years and aims to remove patent barriers to generic competition in Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine and Thailand by reforming patent laws, challenging undeserved patents and advocating for the selective use of compulsory licenses.
The three-day meeting was held at the Merlin Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was dedicated to reviewing project plans, sharing targeted intervention strategies and team building.
The meeting’s 22 participants are members of the project’s global consortium led by ITPC. The consortium includes key organizations from each of the four target countries: the Fundacion Grupo Efecto Positivo (Argentina), Associacao Brasileria Interdisciplinar de AIDS (Brazil), AIDS Access Foundation (Thailand), the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH (Ukraine); as well as the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) – a technical partner.
The consortium looks forward to sharing further updates in the near future!