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HIV/AIDS and Global Health Governance: The Good, the Bad and the Alarming – by Peter Yu

December 5, 2013

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AIDS Ribbon Sculpture prototype

photo credit: Jayel Aheram via Flickr cc

The World AIDS Day was first observed 25 years ago on 1 December to raise awareness for this then-fatal disease. Since its discovery, HIV/AIDS has cost the lives of 25 million people worldwide. Another 30 million adults and 2.5 million children have been infected. If we count family members, loved ones and the numerous professionals and volunteers who have cared for the infected, HIV/AIDS has disturbed the lives of an incalculable number of individuals and communities from around the world.

Although reports about HIV/AIDS, especially those concerning the lack of access to antiretrovirals, tend to be depressing, recent years have seen some promising developments. This post will take stock of both the good and the bad in our continuous fight against HIV/AIDS. It will also draw key lessons from this fight and apply them to other global public health problems. […]

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Pacific Rim Treaty threatens public health: patent law and medical procedures – by Alexandra Phelan and Matthew Rimmer

November 27, 2013

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photo credit: Pixabay

photo credit: Pixabay

Doctors, surgeons, and physicians around the Pacific Rim should be concerned by the proposals revealed by WikiLeaks in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

One of the most controversial features of the TPP is the proposal to provide for patent protection in respect of medical procedures. As Public Citizen observed, ‘Health providers, including surgeons, could be liable for the methods they use to treat patients.’ The civil society group noted: ‘Essentially, except for when a surgeon uses her bare hands, surgical methods would be patentable under the U.S. proposal.’

The TPP takes a broad approach to patents and medicine; lacks appropriate safeguards; and fails to address larger questions about equity, development, and human rights.

Such a measure could result in greater litigation against medical professionals; barriers to access to medical procedures for patients; and skyrocketing health costs.

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