We are a group of organizations working together to make essential HIV medicines more affordable for the people who need them.
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a global activist organization that leads Make Medicines Affordable partnership.
ITPC is a global movement of people living with HIV, treatment activists and their supporters. The coalition is dedicated to the goal that all people living with HIV have access to effective and sustainable treatment. ITPC works with regional ITPC networks, strategic partners, researchers, activists and community organizations around the world to respond to treatment access issues. Visit ITPC’s website.
Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge
Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) is a not-for-profit group of lawyers and scientists increasing access to affordable medicines by making sure the patent system works.
Based in the US, I-MAK works with global and local organizations to enable access to life-saving medicines for millions of people in low- and middle-income countries. I-MAK has a decade of experience challenging non-meritorious patents on lifesaving drugs. In selected cases where patents do not comply with the law, I-MAK has provided technical analysis and legal support to national patent offices and organizations. Visit I-MAK’s website.
AIDS Access Foundation
AIDS Access Foundation is the national lead partner for Make Medicines Affordable in Thailand.
The AIDS Access Foundation has been at the forefront of the access to treatment movement, networking nationally and regionally to ensure effective and affordable treatment for all in Thailand. The access to treatment movement, made up of civil society and NGOs, has been responsible for many successes in securing access to medicines. AIDS Access works closely with the Thai government and the community, on policy, free trade agreements, compulsory license issuance, and patent litigation. Visit AIDS Access Foundation website.
All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (the Network) is the national lead partner for Make Medicines Affordable in Ukraine.
The Network is a lobby group for people living with HIV and works in collaboration with public institutions. The network lobbies for medical treatment and draws attention to discrimination issues. The Network serves and empowers people living with HIV through day-care centers, self-support groups and community centers. Visit the Network’s website.
Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS
Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS (ABIA) is the national lead partner of Make Medicines Affordable in Brazil.
Although focused primarily in Brazil, ABIA is globally recognized as a leading HIV and human rights NGO. ABIA mobilizes society to confront the HIV epidemic, ensure access to treatment and care, and protect the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. ABIA is at the forefront of knowledge production, dissemination and advocacy around prevention, access, and treatment. Visit ABIA’s website.
Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo
Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo (FGEP) is the national lead partner for Make Medicines Affordable in Argentina
FGEP, is a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS in Argentina. It empowers positive people to exercise their rights and engage in decision-making spaces. FGEP promotes access to HIV treatment through political and social engagement, and policy dialogue on antiretroviral therapy patents by working with a broad network of government and civil society partners. Visit FGEP’s website.
Acción Para la Salud (AIS) has over 20 years’ experience advocating for universal access to essential medicines and has been instrumental to the awareness raising campaign and legal actions in Peru.
AIS believes that access to medicine is directly linked with the right to life. AIS works on building a world where all people, especially the poor and disadvantaged fully exercise their right to health, including accessing quality medicines. Visit AIS’s website.
Established in 2002, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of 106 non-governmental organizations working together to promote a human rights approach to HIV, sexual reproductive health and rights, and TB in 18 countries in southern and east Africa.
ARASA’s work focuses on training of people living with HIV and other key populations, to support evidence-based policy and community advocacy. ARASA partners include networks of people living with HIV, legal aid organizations, women’s organizations, youth organizations, organizations representing LGBTI and sex workers and other AIDS service organizations. Visit ARASA’s website.
Asia-Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+) was established in 1994 as a collective voice for people living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific region.
APN+ is committed to non-discrimination and gender equity. It encourages the active participation of women in its networks, as well as people living with HIV from marginalized populations such as people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and mobile and migrant people. Visit the APN+ website.
ITPC in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ITPCru) is a regional network of ITPC, and is focused on HIV treatment issues in the region.
ITPCru builds capacity of national civil society organizations (CSOs) to challenge intellectual property law and unjustified patents, to increase access to medicines. The organization’s work is guided by an understanding that access to HIV treatment is a human right. Visit ITPCru website.
ITPC in the Middle East and North Africa (ITPC MENA) is an independently registered, non-governmental organization based in Morocco and is part of the ITPC family.
ITPC MENA builds capacity of national civil society organizations (CSOs) to challenge intellectual property law and unjustified patents, and to increase access to medicines. The organization’s work is guided by an understanding that access to HIV treatment is a human right. Visit the ITPC MENA website.
The Lawyers Collective has been advocating for a rights-based approach to the HIV response in India since 1981. It believes that the fundamental right to health includes affordable medicines.
In 1998, in response to a growing need for this approach the HIV/AIDS Unit was set up. The work of this unit is underpinned by the belief that in order to reduce new HIV infections, it is necessary to protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable to HIV. Visit the Lawyers Collective website.
The Harm Reduction Association Network, or ‘Partnership Network’ as it is known in Kyrgyzstan is a national NGO that advocates for the institutionalization of equal rights.
The Partnership Network consults with its 26 different member organizations operating throughout Kyrgyzstan working together to influence national policy. Its prevention and advocacy programs cover HIV, tuberculosis and Hepatitis C and focus on the most marginalized and vulnerable groups including sex workers and injecting drug users.
The Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+) was established in 2005, MTAAG+ to advocate for affordable innovative medicines especially for those living in poverty.
It is the only registered organization in Malaysia consisting of people living with HIV including people with Hepatitis C co-infection. MTAAG+ collaborates closely with Third World Network (TWN), a Malaysian-based international organization with expertise in intellectual property and public health. Visit the MTAAG+ website.
RedLAM is a network of civil society organizations in South America that aims to improve quality of life of people living with HIV especially in most affected communities.
RedLAM is strengthening civil society’s capacity and response in five countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) to improve their role in advocacy and policy dialogue at national, regional and global level to improve policies which affect access to medicines. Visit RedLAM’s website.