Access to essential medicines is a fundamental element of the Human Right to Health. Since its inception, GRAN has been actively involved in advocating for access to medicines for sub-Saharan Africa. Advocating for legislative amendments to Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) from 2010 - 2012 was the issue that first galvanized GRANs into action. Since then, GRAN has not wavered in its determined advocacy for equitable access to affordable life-saving medicines.
Access to essential medicines is a fundamental element of the Human Right to Health.
Advocating for access to affordable life-saving medicines has been at the core of GRAN’s mandate since our beginning. The spread and impact of both HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis on sub-Saharan African grandmothers, children, and their communities is inextricably linked to access to necessary medicines.
GRAN’s work in this area began in 2011-12 with efforts to effect legislative changes to Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) that would have facilitated Canadian exports of affordable generic antiretroviral HIV medicines to the developing world. Our more recent work has focused on:
- raising awareness about Intellectual Property Rights in international trade agreements that would delay access to affordable life-saving medicines;
- supporting MSF’s A Fair Shot campaign to reduce the cost of the pneumonia vaccine for children;
- advocating for Canada’s fair contribution to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria;
- supporting Motion M-132 to increase access to medicines nationally and globally; and
- calling for an urgent and comprehensive response to the global TB crisis.