Patent on Hep C drug rejected in Ukraine: price of sofosbuvir will significantly reduce

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT) refused to grant the pharmaceutical company Gilead a patent for hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir. On 2 March 2018, the MEDT issued the order (No. 305) which approved the decision to reject the patent application. If issued, a patent could give the company a 20-year monopoly on the import of sofosbuvir to Ukraine.

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Marielle Lives On!

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) announces its deep sorrow and resentment over the murder of the city councilwoman Marielle Franco and the driver Anderson Gomes, killed on the night of March 14th. Marielle Franco was a black woman from the favelas (shanytowns) and a protector of humans’ rights, especially for women of color, poor communities and LGBT people. Recently, she occupied the role of rapporteur for the Special Commission of Rio de Janeiro’s City Council that monitors the actions of military troops during the federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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U.S. Networks of People With HIV Oppose U.S. Location for 2020 International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced that San Francisco, California, in partnership with nearby Oakland, will host the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020). This is 30 years after the event was held there at the height of the epidemic in the United States. AIDS 2020 will take place on 6-10 July 2020 and is expected to bring together more than 15,000 participants from around the world. But every major national network of people living with HIV in the U.S., along with other organizations and individuals have released a letter asking IAS to reconsider this decision.

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Informe sobre graves, masivas y sistemáticas violaciones del derecho a la salud en Venezuela como resultado de una emergencia humanitaria compleja

La Coalición de Organizaciones por el Derecho a la Salud y la Vida (CODEVIDA) y el Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (PROVEA), presentan este informe conjunto ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) en ocasión del 167° período de audiencias realizado en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia. Este informe recoge graves, masivas y sistemáticas violaciones del derecho a la salud en Venezuela, unido a violaciones similares en otros derechos económicos y sociales que incluyen la alimentación, produciendo una emergencia humanitaria compleja con una alarmante escala de muertes, daño y sufrimiento humano para la cual no existen capacidades de respuesta interna como consecuencia del quiebre del Estado y de persistentes patrones deliberados de privación que abarcan medicinas, equipamiento médico, tratamientos y servicios de atención a la salud.

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