Activist Guide to the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign

The South African Constitution guarantees the right to health in this country, however often we don’t have access to the medicines we need because they are unaffordable, unavailable, or unsuitable. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) launched the Fix the Patent Laws campaign with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2011. The campaign aims to draw attention to problems with South Africa’s national patent laws that negatively impact upon access to affordable medicines. This activist guide provides an overview of the need for reform in South Africa and proposed changes to the law that will protect public health in the country.

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