Picket against FTA threats to Indian generics, Johannesburg
Event date:08 February 2012
Members of MSF-SA, TAC, Section 27 and He-Tic will picket at the Consulate General of India this Wednesday, February 8 to voice their concerns about the anti-public health policies being pushed on India by the European Union as part of a free trade agreement being discussed at the upcoming EU-India Summit in New Delhi on 10th Feb.
WHERE: Outside the Consulate General of India, No.1, Eton Road
(Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road), Parktown, Johannesburg
WHEN: 12h00 on Wednesday 8th February
WHY: India and the European Union are currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) which includes provisions that could threaten production in India of affordable, high-quality generic medicines for HIV, cancer, mental illness, heart disease, and others.
Because of its strong generic pharmaceutical industry, India has long been considered "the pharmacy of the developing world”:
- Indian generics helped to bring down the price of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) from R5,000 in the 1990s to less than R100 a month today.
- 80% of people living with HIV in developing countries are on Indian generic ARVs
- Over 90% of pediatric AIDS medicines are supplied by Indian generics.
Feb 3-10 marks a GLOBAL week of action against the anti-public health proposals in the India-EU FTA. By picketing at the Indian embassy on Wed 8th Feb, TAC, MSF, Section27 and He-Tic will add their voices to those around the world who are sending a message to India and the EU that their lives are not for sale and cannot be traded away.
Event location:Outside the Consulate General of India, No.1, Eton Road (Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road),Parktown, Johannesburg