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French Advocacy Groups Announce May Conference on Access to Antiretroviral Drugs
ACT UP/Paris and the Reseau Medicaments et Developpement (ReMeD) will hold a conference this May on ways to increase access to antiretroviral drugs. The Pan African News Agency/AllAfrica.com reports that the four-day conference will be held from May 3-7 in Burkina Faso. The conference will focus on encouraging international donors and political figures to quickly adopt "concrete measures" that would allow individuals in developing African nations to receive AIDS drugs. Conference participants will examine "all the perspectives of production and importation of generic drugs" when developing strategies (PANA/AllAfrica.com, 2/26). The summit also will look at how African nations could possibly use legal clauses included in WTO agreements to their benefit (
ACT UP/Paris release, 2/21). At a press conference Monday, members of ACT UP/Paris cited the Ivory Coast as an example of a country that successfully managed, after two years of negotiations with drug companies, to import less costly AIDS drugs from India and Spain (Benkimoun, Le Monde, 2/27).
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