ARASA: Challenging Intellectual Property Barriers to Accessing Affordable Medicines Training

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of over 90 non-governmental organisations working together in 18 countries in southern and east Africa to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB, through capacity building and advocacy.

ARASA is offering training

This short online course aims to equip participants with;

  • An understanding and appreciation of the intricate linkages between access to essential HIV, TB and hepatitis C medicines and the barriers presented by intellectual property legal and policy frameworks
  • Increased knowledge around the use of the flexibilities provided for by international trade agreements such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), to improve access to medicines at a domestic level
  • Provide participants with advocacy tools to equip them to embark on campaigns, which aim to review their domestic patent laws to incorporate the TRIPS-flexibilities


Anyone interested in learning more about IP as it impacts access to medicines. In the selection of participants, preference will be given to:

  • African residents working in the area of the right to health, access to medicines, policy makers working on trade and development, human rights organisations (including NGOs and Government agencies), health professionals, legal practitioners and academics;
  • Are fluent in English;
  • Have daily access to the internet as well as access to a computer with the following
  • specifications:
  • Operating System: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME or XP; MacOS 9 or MacOS X
  • Hardware: Minimum 128 Mbytes of RAM preferably 512 MB, 1GByte of free disk space Software: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel 2000 or higher Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or higher Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or higher OR Netscape Navigator 5 or higher
  • Modem: 56 kbps minimum
  • Are committed to participating fully in all the elements of the short course
  • Are committed to promoting a rights based responses to access to HIV, TB and Hepatitis C medicines in their own countries and in the region, by addressing barriers intellectual barrier rights.

To apply, submit

  • A one page letter of motivation, setting out why you feel that you would benefit from participating in the short course, and outlining how you will use the skills acquired during the course in your own country
  • Your CV
  • A letter of support from the organisation you are currently working with / affiliated to


All applications must be received by no later than close of business on Friday, 16th October 2017. Kindly note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Application should be submitted by email to Bruce Tushabe, at (and copy Lynette Mabote,

The course will take place from the 6th November – 8th December 2017 

Event Start Date: 
Monday, 6 November, 2017
Event End Date: 
Sunday, 10 December, 2017
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