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Using Law to Accelerate Treatment Access in South Africa

An Analysis of Patent, Competition and Medicines Law

This study focuses on policy options available to South Africa through reform of three interrelated areas of law affecting access to HIV treatment and other essential medicines: patent, competition and medicines law. The recommended reforms are aimed at safeguarding public health by optimizing the use of public health related TRIPS (the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) flexibilities and therefore, the policy space available to countries within their international legal obligations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Potential drawbacks and challenges are highlighted, as are strategies for adoption that draw on the experiences of other low- and middle-income countries.

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Kilifi county officials to discuss HIV issues with injecting drug users, sex workers

Representatives of Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), male and female sex workers will discuss with members of the County Executive Committee, County Assembly, law enforcers, judicial officials and other stakeholders, the laws and policies that contribute to the rise of new HIV infections in Kilifi County today, 30th August 2013.

Convened by KELIN in partnership with UNDP-Kenya and UNAIDS, the county forum aims to provide a platform for policy, law makers and enforcers to engage with the PLHIV and those at risk of infection to discuss an effective HIV county response with a focus on legislation and policy development. A similar activity was also undertaken in Kisumu County.

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Law enforcers from six countries commit to protect rights of people living with HIV

Forty-three law enforcement officers from Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zambia participated in a regional capacity building workshop on HIV and the law from the 17th -19th July 2013 in Nairobi. As one of the initiatives aimed at taking forward the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. The workshop was organized by KELIN in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP- Kenya).

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12-16 July 2013 - Abuja+12: African Leaders Renew Their Commitments to Eradicate HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the Continent

[Originally published in the UNDP HIV, Health and Development-Net News Update]

“Ending HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria is not going to be easy, not going to be quick, and not going to be cheap. It is a huge investment that is absolutely guaranteed to bring enormous returns” – with these words Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission opened the African Union Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - Abuja +12.

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Malawi holds HIV Law Retreat

22-26 April 2013, Malawi - Malawi held an HIV Law Retreat, convened by the Department of Nutrition, HIV & AIDS (the Office of the President), the Malawi Law Commission and UNDP, to review the Malawi Law Commission's draft HIV Bill, 2008, in light of the recommendations made by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and by the national Legal Environment Assessment. A Task Team was subsequently set up to integrate the wording of the proposed changes into the amended HIV Bill.

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