Access to Medicines, Medical Technologies and Human Rights Meeting

#ACESS215  years of the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health:

The meeting will examine health safeguards as effective tools to protect health and exercise sovereignty.

You are invited to the International Congress on Access to Medicines, Medical Technologies and Human Rights that will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina 16, 17 and 18 November 2016. Through a Human Rights lens the event will review the advances and challenges in technological innovation for health, with sessions led by experts, academics, activists and national and international governmental representatives.The Meeting will take place at the Dazzler Hotel San Martin (San Martín 920, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Defense of the Right to Health

The meeting will provide an opportunity for an exchange between different actors – social, scientific and academic organizations and researchers, national and international governmental authorities, social communicators and activists. Speakers will present, analyze and debate issues on the issue of the defense of the right to health, which is more important than ever for Argentina, the region and the world. Specifically it will examine these questions:

  • Why, 15 years after the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, do Health Safeguards continue to be effective legal instruments to guarantee access to Health?
  • What impact do intellectual property rights have on access to health technologies, particularly in terms of prices and sustainability?
  • How does the current patent system, as a model of innovation and development, affect the exercise of human rights?
  • What regional and global initiatives represent different models of Innovation and Development?
  • What is the role of local drug production in defining health needs and treatments coverage?
  • What are the public health risks associated with the signing of free trade agreements?

The event organizers will argue that another model is possible: medicines are not a commodity but a social good that guarantees the human right to health. Let’s defend that model!

Attend in person or via YouTube

If you want to attend in person register here. The Meeting will be broadcast live on FGEP’s YouTube Channel. See the full agenda of the meeting here.


  • Daniel Gollán, Argentina’s Former Ministry of Health.
  • Jorge Bermúdez, Vice President of Production and Innovation in Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – Fiocruz, Ministry of Health, Brazil. Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines and Innovation.
  • Germán Velásquez, Special Adviser for Health and Development, South Center, Switzerland.
  • Melissa Barber, Liverpool University, United Kingdom.
  • Lotti Rutter, Main Researcher, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa.
  • Kajal Bhardwaj, lawyer specializing in Access to Drugs and Intellectual Property, India.