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Latest Updates: our annual North American conference took place last month at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From October 11 to 13, our team of teams built skills and community to advocate for access to medicines. The conference drew student activists from across the US and Canada and even included colleagues from Brazil, Colombia, and South Korea (which launched the first-ever chapter in the country earlier this year!).
In addition to giving our movement a boost of energy, the conference renewed the commitment to our vision of a world where everyone can afford the medications they need, no matter what their income. The UCLA student chapter, supported by UAEM staff, drove the event and shared their passion while showcasing their work to make Xtandi, a prostate cancer drug developed on the cancer, more accessible.
Activist icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta inspired students through her keynote remarks while students expanded their perspectives through panels on topics such as the challenges of accessing health care in rural settings--both in the United States and internationally.
We'll be sharing further updates in our newsletter coming very soon! And don't forget to save the date again this year for Giving Tuesday!
On behalf of UAEM North America we are excited to gather next weekend for our annual North American conference, this year to be hosted at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) the hub of our Xtandi campaign in the fight to make a prostate cancer medicine accessible and afforable. Our theme this year is aptly named “LOCAL ACTION, GLOBAL IMPACT: THE FIGHT FOR HEALTH EQUITY AND JUSTICE”.
We are expecting UAEM chapters and members from all across the region as well as colleagues from Brazil and Colombia and even as far as South Korea. Our teams will be coming together to discuss some of the most critical issues in access to medicines and health equity in North America and develop or strengthen organizing skills to help urge universities to licence their health innovations in a socially responsible way - better protecting access to these life-saving, publicly funded products for the public who funded them via their taxes in the first place.
We are also excited to welcome an all time heroine of ours, the inspirational Dolores Huerta, one of the most important activists in the last century and who in 2012, President Obama betowed with The Presidential Media of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US.
If you're in LA or near by and interested in learning more you can join UAEM NA Board Members, staff, students and guests at our fundraising happy hour on Friday evening. More details here.
Thanks to your support the UAEM NA conference remains a FREE event for our students and for whom we are able to provide limited travel support in order to ensure equal access. If you'd like to learn more about the conference and the speaker line up you can do so here: https://uaem.org/get-involved/uaem-na-2019-annual-conference/
Thanks for your continued support of student activism in the fight for greater health equity and access to medicines.
Brazil is making the news more than ever these days, and not always for the best reasons or causes. But although Brazil is facing difficult times, we have hope as young people are out there, doing their best to defend social justice and equity in health!
In Brazil, 95% of science is produced by public universities. Recently, the Federal Government has announced several budget cuts for federal universities, threatening their operation. In May, June and August, UAEMers joined national student movements in defense of Education and Science & Technology public policies. UAEM Brazil has, moreover, published an entire report explaining why public investments in research are essential to ensure the right to health - including the access to medicines.
In early August, during the 16th National Health Conference (CNS), in Brasília, our Brayzilian UAEMers had another great opportunity to defend its causes. The CNS is the event that best represents the "popular participation" in the Brazilian health policies decision-making processes. From August 4th to 7th, people discussed and selected proposals - originally raised during previous health conferences in Brazilian cities and states - to compose the 2020 - 2024 National Health Plan. UAEMers in Brasília, capital of Brazil, participated in the discussions and in the protest, in defense of the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) - a universal health system that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
We are grateful for all support to our young people as they fight for access to medicines, wherever! Thank you for supporting UAEM!
Our network is growing and we are happy to share with you some exciting news from Brazil.
In the end of March, UAEM Brazil held its annual meeting in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Members of all Brazilian chapters attended the meeting and it was the first time UAEMers from all countries where UAEM is present in Latin America were reunited! It was the UAEM Brazil Annual Meeting with the biggest participation of UAEMers from other countries: Argentina, Colombia and the United States. Students had the opportunity to discuss and learn about the importance of the Brazilian National Health System for the universal access to medicines in the country, neglected diseases and social determinants of health. It was also a moment to review UAEM's work in Latin America in 2018 and plan the future.
The new Coordinating Committee of UAEM Brazil was elected and, along with UAEM Global Campaign, three other topics were established for projects/campaigns in 2019: the defense of public researches and universities, antimicrobial resistance and the studen-driven empowerment of representatives of health councils to take action for the defense of the universal access of medicines.
Other good news are the efforts that have been made to reactivate UAEM chapters in two Brazilian cities: São Paulo and Pouso Alegre. An access to medicines seminar was held at the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP) in the end of April and a conversation to start an UAEM chapter at the Medicine School of UNIVÁS in Pouso Alegre was initiated the with professors and the Academic Directory of the faculty.
We believe 2019 is going to be a very productive year for UAEM in Brazil.
Your support has made possible the growth of our network and we thank you for that. Together, we can empower students and their communities to take action for a better world.
The excitement around a new year slowly wears off a few days into the year as our daily routine catches up on us. But at UAEM, the excitement kept buzzing, because our busy bees are teeming with life and purpose and motivation to bring about change in the access to medicines movement. New ideas, new projects, new student volunteers, new allies and supporters, we have it all.
The first international gathering brought together our student leaders from the US and Canada, to discuss joint strategies and actions which will further UAEM's missions. At the North America Leadership Meeting, held in Washington during the first weekend of February, theories of change, action plans and project ideas came together and paved the engagement work ahead for our volunteers in North America and Canada. The meeting also saw the participation of Brazilian and European representatives to share startegies and tactics from across the borders, and insights into the different contexts of work. Unsurprisingly, whatever the context, the challenge of access to medicines remains the same - high prices, lack of research and development and of transparency, inequitable access... Access to medicines is truly a global challenge, and UAEMers are ready to take that on by joining forces (and neurones) together.
Coming up in March is a meeting in Rio, Brazil, which will bring together Brazilian students with our new partners - Colombian and Argentinian students who are passionate about making medicines accessible to all in their countries.
The UAEM Europe Conference will also be taking place in April in Hamburg, and students from North America, Latin America and for the first time the region of Africa will be joining to discuss the role of universities when it comes to public research for public needs. Stay tuned for our next story!
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