The University of Amsterdam has had a UAEM chapter since 2014, and merged with VU university in 2018 along with the fusion of their teaching hospitals. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines-Amsterdam (UAEM-Amsterdam) is working to ensure that drugs invented at the UvA and VU are affordable and accessible for everyone that needs it worldwide. We do this by convincing our university to adopt patenting and licensing policies that ensure access for everyone globally. Sounds ambitious? Yes, but we’ve done it before! In fact UAEM is a global movement and has already succeeded in implementing these policies in many other universities worldwide. In fact, we started in 2001 at Yale University where a group of law students in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières caused a dramatic 30-fold price reduction of a critical HIV drug invented at Yale. A major success, that has inspired students worldwide ever since!
At UAEM we contribute to the accessibility of drugs by
1. Influencing local intellectual property policy decisions and collaborating with the AMC to implement policies that ensure global access to medicines.
2. Striving towards implementing the Global Access Licensing (GAL) Framework in Amsterdam UMC
3. promoting awareness of the problems surrounding A2M and Neglected Diseases
4. empowering students and academics to take action for Global Health
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