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About This Site

Advocates working on access to medicines issues need at least a basic understanding of the impact of intellectual property (IP) on medicines access and innovation. Using clear language, strong evidence and visually appealing graphics, this website sets out to do just that—to provide those who are new to the field with the basics about IP and medicines, and experienced advocates with more in-depth analyses into key IP issues. The content is written by medicines policy expert and lawyer, Ellen ‘t Hoen, and is based on the resource book, Private Patents and Public Health: Changing intellectual property rules for access to medicines. All materials on the site are provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Unported 3.0 licence, which allows users to incorporate the material into campaigns and share it (with proper attribution) freely and widely—particularly on social media. The site is funded by the Open Society Foundations and designed by Little Cloud Collective.

About Health Action International

Health Action International (HAI) is the only non-governmental organisation entirely dedicated to strengthening pharmaceutical policy to improve public health. Our staff and extensive global network of members have expertise in virtually all areas of medicines policy. We pursue advocacy at the grassroots level and up to the highest levels of government through our 'official relations' status with the World Health Organization and respected relationship with the European Medicines Agency. HAI is financially independent from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Unported 3.0 licence.


Questions or comments about this website or Health Action International? Drop us a line at info@haiweb.org.