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4.1 Some useful web sites
The web site of the Médecins sans Frontières Campaign on access to essential medicines is a valuable source of information for the current debate on access to medicines and includes a selection of press reports on access to medicines and trade agreements from around the world.
The Consumer Project on Technology is active on a number of issues, including intellectual property, telecommunications, privacy and electronic commerce, plus a variety of projects relating to antitrust enforcement and policy. It is also very active on a number of projects involving health care, particularly pricing of intellectual property that relates to medical inventions and compulsory licensing of essential medical technologies in developing countries. This web site is an extensive source of information, providing articles and data on regional trade agreements and TRIPS, patents and drugs, compulsory licensing, parallel imports, health registration data, generic competition and more.
The MSF Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to research and develop drugs for millions of people debilitated by neglected diseases by using existing R&D capacity in both rich and poor countries. It also aims to raise awareness of the need for immediate action in this field.
The web site of the International Environmental Law Research Center, a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva with sections in New Delhi and Nairobi, displays articles, reports and other information on biodiversity, climate change, human rights and intellectual property. The Center is specialized in policy-related academic research relating to the environment in a North-South context, providing assistance and advice to national authorities, NGOs and International Organizations.
Oxfam, an international aid agency, has been involved for a long time in international development and cooperation projects. Currently it is actively participating in promotion and advocacy for a fairer implementation of the various WTO agreements, with special attention to the issue of TRIPS and access to drugs. Their web site offers updated reports and articles on the issue as well as information on ongoing campaigns.
Partners in Health is a not-for-profit organization that works on health projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Russia and the United States of America. It has a research and educational arm in the Institute for Health and Social Justice which examines the impact of poverty and inequalities on health by linking critical scholarly analysis with community-based experience. Seminars are periodically organized, with all contributions available on the web site.
The South Centre is an intergovernmental body with 46 developing country members. The Centre, however, works for the benefit of the South as a whole, making efforts to ensure that all developing countries and interested groups and individuals have access to its publications and the results of its work, irrespective of membership. The web site provides interesting bibliographical references and papers.
The Treatment Action Campaign is one of the world's most important grass root organizations working for access to treatment for HIV-positive people. Its main objective is to campaign for greater access to treatment for all South Africans, by raising public awareness and understanding about issues surrounding the availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments. Its web site offers extensive information about the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, different judicial cases and current mobilisation and campaigns.
The Third World Network is an independent not-for-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues. The TWN web site offers articles and position papers on a variety of issues related to developing countries, including trade issues and WTO, health, biotechnology and biosafety.
The web site of the World Intellectual Property Organization provides basic fundamental information related to intellectual property and patents in general (http://www.wipo.int/patent/en/) and to international intellectual property treaties managed by WIPO.
The World Trade Organization has a very comprehensive web site and its page on the TRIPS Agreement may be a useful tool (http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm).