WHO WE ARE
1.3% OF ALL DRUGS CREATED IN 29 YEARS
WERE FOR NEGLECTED DISEASES
In the year of 2012, a fellow Aggie student, who understood the importance of access to medicines to the people, started a UAEM chapter at University of California, Davis. This student gathered like-minded people who were driven by the same mission and expressed willingness to make changes locally and potentially globally in the world of medicine.
Today, blessed by the founders of the chapter of 2012, we have a rapidly growing chapter dedicated to make changes to the universities' distribution of patents and licenses pertaining to the restriction of access to medicines. We also have dedicated team of leaders who took on leadership roles in ensuring the smooth progress of the organization's mission.
We thank you for your interest in our organization and we hope that our mission inspires you to be a part of the cause to increase access to medicines; whether, it be from your own endeavors or with the help of UAEM.
THE HARD TRUTH
OVER 27,000 PEOPLE
DIE DUE TO LACK OF ACCESS TO KNOWN MEDICINES
In 2001, a group of Yale University law students, together with Médecins Sans Frontières, helped convince Yale and the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb to permit generic production of a critical Yale-discovered HIV/AIDS drug in sub-Saharan Africa, triggering dramatic 30-fold price reductions. This was the first such concession on an HIV/AIDS drug; price cuts on other medications soon followed. This enabled a major scale-up of HIV treatment throughout the continent. The campaign showed those students that, as major contributors to drug development, universities are well positioned to influence the way medical technologies are developed and distributed, and thus can do much to help alleviate the access-to-medicines crisis.
Since this initial victory, UAEM has grown into a worldwide student organization with chapters at over 40 research universities, and a membership which includes students of medicine, science, public health, economics, and many other areas. The focus of the organization has expanded from only asking how universities can best license their innovations to promote global access, to also asking how universities can best direct and measure their research to have the greatest social impact worldwide, and promoting these ideas at the national and international levels. We work continuously to raise general awareness of these issues and conduct independent research about them to empower our fellow students to tackle these challenges.
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