Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998

Fix the Patent Laws

TAC, SECTION27, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched the Fix the Patent Laws campaign in November 2011 (on the 10-year anniversary of the Doha Declaration). Since then, the campaign includes more than 32 organisations representing a range of diseases areas including cancer, sexual health, non-communicable diseases and mental health. The aim of the campaign is to reform South Africa’s outdated patent laws so that access to medicines is not unnecessarily limited in South Africa. There are a number of legal safeguards (TRIPS flexibilities) available in international law that have not yet been written into South Africa’s national laws. Section 27 of the Constitution of South Africa obligates the state to implement such law reforms.