Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

Community Media virtual training workshop on Covid-19 Vaccine IP and Equitable Access: DAY 2

 

15 January 2021

As newsrooms across the globe continue to shrink due to digitisation and disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly challenging for community journalists to understand the process of acquiring a vaccine…

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and the socio-political factors that make vaccine access challenging. The African Alliance, The Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group with support from Norwegian Peoples AID and in partnership with the Health Justice Initiative and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) South Africa developed this two-day training to help community journalists to deepen their understanding of Intellectual Property as it relates to the equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines. 

The objectives of the training were : 

  • To enhance understanding of Intellectual Property rights in relation to Covid-19 
  • To promote the importance of equitable access to lifesaving vaccines and other health products •To identify story angles that journalists can pursue to strengthen evidence-based and contextually relevant reporting

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Community Media virtual training workshop on Covid-19 Vaccine IP and Equitable Access: DAY 1

 

14 January 2021

As newsrooms across the globe continue to shrink due to digitisation and disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly challenging for community journalists to understand the process of acquiring a vaccine…

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and the socio-political factors that make vaccine access challenging. The African Alliance, The Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group with support from Norwegian Peoples AID and in partnership with the Health Justice Initiative and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) South Africa developed this two-day training to help community journalists to deepen their understanding of Intellectual Property as it relates to the equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines. 

The objectives of the training were : 

  • To enhance understanding of Intellectual Property rights in relation to Covid-19 
  • To promote the importance of equitable access to lifesaving vaccines and other health products •To identify story angles that journalists can pursue to strengthen evidence-based and contextually relevant reporting

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COVID-19 Conversations: Special Event on IP, Access & Covid-19 vaccine

 

15 December 2020

The African Alliance hosted a technical skills-building webinar facilitated by Fatima Hassan a South African human rights lawyer and social justice activist. She’s the founder of and heads the newly established Health Justice…

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Initiative in South Africa and is the former Executive Director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa which she headed for six years. She has dedicated her professional life to defending and promoting human rights in South Africa, especially in the field of HIV and AIDS, where she worked for the AIDS Law Project and also acted for the treatment action campaign in many of its legal cases. She has a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from Duke University. She clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for justice Kate O’Regan and has served as a special advisor to the former minister Barbara Hogan. Fatima is the former co-director and founding Trustee of Ndifuna Ukwazi and previously served on the Boards of the Raith Foundation, SA Medecins Sans Frontieres Without Boarders (MSF-SA),the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and the South African Council for Medical Schemes. She’s currently serving on the board of Global Witness. The recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the Franklin Thomas SA Constitutional Court fellowship, and the Tom Andi Bernstein Distinguished Human Rights Fellowship at Yale University School of Law, she has published and written on issues related to social justice, and HIV and AIDS access to medicines. She’s also the host of a special COVID-19 and IP related podcast called Access. Fatima facilitated the webinar to capacitate leaders and community representatives on intellectual property rights and access. The skills-building session took attendees through vaccine development, focusing on pharma and how monopolisation of markets happens, the vaccine development market, how their actions impact the globe and communities ability to access affordable medications. Fatima walked attendees through the medicine system pathway and where the problem areas affect access and shared information about what activists can and are doing to challenge big pharma. With COVID-19, for instance, the work of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, which is calling for COVID-19 vaccines for everyone, everywhere, free of charge.

 

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