UAEM Express: India’s first compulsory licence?, HIV protests in Swaziland, UBC biomed researchers awarded $$$

Some recent acccess to medicines developments:

Natco Pharma files India’s first compulsory licence plea – India Times
Generic manufacturer Natco Pharma has filed India’s firct compulsory license plea, for the liver and kidney cancer drug Nexavar. This case could set an important precedent for affordabel drug production, as the article states, “a development whose outcome is expected to determine how global drug makers price their costly drugs in India.”

Swaziland to test entire population for HIV – Radio Netherlands
Swaziland, country with highest HIV infection rate in the world, is planning to Swaziland plans to test its entire adult population for HIV. This would would be the first time any country has attempted such a program. Currently, a steady flow of reports is coming out of the country describing chronic drug shortages and HIV/AIDS patients protesting over access to ARVs (

Stephen Lewis to speak at UBC – NGDI
Politician, diplomat, author, humanitarian, HIV activism pioneer Stephen Lewis will be speaking at NGDI’s Distinguished Lectureship Seminar. Check out his bio at and some of his speeches on Youtube ( The poster for the vent is here ( and registration is required here ( Come help represent UBC-UAEM at this event!

Canadian innovators win global competition to tackle maternal health – Globe & Mail
Some very exciting news here at home — A UBC biomedical engineering team has been awarded $250,000 mobile device for testing oxygen levels in resource-limited settings, and have a shot at winning another $2 million. The grant is jointly funded by Grand Challengers Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, Norway’s Foreign Ministry, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation. The Phone Oximeter can be used in several contexts, including the management of pre-eclampsia, and has already undergone field tests in Uganda.

Two videos to check out:
– Intro to the project, featuring some karaoke to Queen and Journey (!):
– Drs. Mark Ansermino and Peter von Dadelszen describing the device on Canada AM:

Dr. Walter Karlen of the Phone Oximeter team will be applying for a Rising Star in Global Health grant in the upcoming round. This will be an interesting project to watch. The project’s site is at

James is cycling 600 miles to university… in Germany! – Halifax Courier
Hats off the James Hutton, who has cycled 1000 km for neglected and tropical disease control! The 20-year-old Cambridge student is touring through England, the Netherlands, and Germany to raise funds and awareness for the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (, an organization that works on NTD treatment and prevention. Follow his progress at

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We’re excited to host 3 members of the Central Michigan University chapter of UAEM on campus next week! They are here to visit and network with us and to learn about UBC’s adoption of global access licensing principles, neglected disease research, etc. As part of the activities, we are hosting a pub night on Thrusday, August 18th at the Fringe Cafe (3124 Broadway – Come on out and meet our visitors and join us for some lively discussion!

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