Zakaria Bahtout, the Programs Partners’ Officer at ITPC MENA describes the protest targeting ViiV Healthcare, from the frontline in Harare, Zimbabwe, at an international conference at the end of last year. At the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Dieases in Africa 2015, treatment activists shamed ViiV Healthcare for preventing Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia from accessing generic versions of dolutegravir.
We Are All Africa
Protestors chanted the slogan, “We are all Africa”, as the crowd steadily grew with each passing minute. The protest drew the attention of thousands of people participating in the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Harare, Zimbabwe recently.
I joined activists from all over Africa to call on the pharmaceutical company to ensure that its HIV medication is accessible and affordable to people living with HIV in North Africa. We demanded to know why the pharmaceutical giant decided to exclude four African countries, including Morocco where I ...