2018 applications open! Online course on reducing barriers to essential medicines in Africa

Applications are open now for this year’s intellectual property (IP) and access to medicines online course.

Multi-coloured tabletsThe course is led by our campaign partners, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Southern Africa Regional Programme on Access to Medicines and Diagnostics (SAPAM). Sign up to find out more on how IP laws affect access to affordable and safe medicines across Africa, and to push for pro-health IP laws in your country.

Purpose of the course

IP can be understood by everyone, not just lawyers. In fact it is critical that civil society and others are knowledgeable in this area.

This short online course aims to equip participants with:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the link between access to essential HIV, TB and Hepatitis C medicines and the barriers presented by IP laws and policy frameworks.
  • Increased knowledge around the use of TRIPS flexibilities to improve access to medicines at a domestic level.
  • Provide participants with advocacy tools to equip them to embark on campaigns, which aim to review their domestic patent laws to incorporate the TRIPS-flexibilities.

How to apply

  1. Go to ARASA google forms. 
  2. Fill in your name and email address (no google account needed).
  3. We will then set up an online course account for you and send you an email with login details for the Intellectual Property Barriers course.
  4. The course will start 5th of November.

The course will take place 5 November – 7 December 2018

Kindly note that users applying after 5th of November 2018 will not be able to receive assistance should one encounter issues enrolling. Any questions can be submitted by email to Bruce Tushabe, at [email protected] and copy Lynette Mabote, at [email protected].