Like South Africa, Brazil is fighting the intellectual property laws that hiked up the cost of its HIV programme in 1996…

Brazil’s health campaigners say this would enable the country to balance its obligation of protecting the right to health with the one to protect the pharmaceutical companies' patent rights…

Last month, South Africa's department of trade and industry released a draft policy that attempts to streamline the country's legislation while ensuring that development issues such as health and education are at the forefront of intellectual property-related legislative amendments following a push by civil society organisations such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). 

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