Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is an international student group. Our organization is based on bridging the “access and research gaps” that prevent medicines and medical technologies from reaching the people in developing countries who need them the most. In other words, we strive to achieve equitable access to life-saving drugs by making them affordable and to promote research in neglected diseases.
To make medicines more affordable, UAEM works with universities to change institutional policies. The goal would be to ensure that university-owned patents are licensed out in a globally-minded manner so that anyone who can benefit from the medicines will be able to have regular access to them.
Additionally, we are also concerned with the amount of research funding that is allocated to studying neglected diseases. Neglected diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria, affect 90% of the world’s population. However, they have been neglected by scientific funding agencies because such diseases mainly impact the least affluent countries. Our organization works to raise awareness of this issue and to advocate for increased funding for such research.
Read more about UAEM’s work across Canada, the US, and the UK at uaem.org.