Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a global movement of university students organizing on their campuses and beyond to ensure that publicly funded medicines and medical innovations are affordable and accessible to the public. We work to empower students at over 100 university chapters to tackle the issue of access to life-saving medicines in conjunction with a diverse network of peers across 20 countries.
The way we make medicines is failing people. Drugs for cancer, hepatitis C and even insulin are priced too high and people are paying with their well-being and with their lives. Diseases that impact the poor and people of color are not prioritized. Many of our most innovative drugs were developed at universities with tax-payer funding. As a result, universities offer a key opportunity through which to address this problem and the way in which drugs are made, who for and how high they are priced.
UAEM occupies both a strategic and unique niche within the access to medicines movement - engaging the next generation of leaders to address health equity, starting on their own university campuses - where students have unique power to challenge their university administrations and to push for health justice in the way we make medicines for all, regardless of income, not just the privileged few.
UAEM believes that universities and publicly funded research institutions can and must be part of the solution to the access to medicines crisis by promoting medical innovation in the public interest and ensuring that all people, regardless of income, have access to essential medicines and other health-related technologies, especially those developed in university labs.