Anti-AIDS activists hope, but fear, Ugandan patent law

Colin Stewart
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Human rights activists are focusing on Uganda’s Industrial Property Act of 2014 in hopes that the new law can help rather than hinder the fight against AIDS, especially in the LGBTI community.

Activists say that LGBTI people and other vulnerable populations that currently bear the brunt of HIV/AIDS must be at the centre of the implementation of programmes pertaining to affordable access to medicines and diagnostic tools, which may be affected by the new law as it establishes a national patent registry.

Human rights and non-discrimination should play a central role in the implementation of the act, says Prossy Sonko, an activist with the Uganda Health and Science Press Association (Uhspa Uganda), a gay activist group.

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