For the past three years, the Faculty of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has been conducting an accredited two-week course, annually, on Access to Medicines and Intellectual Property. The course is intended to increase the capacity of members of civil society, legal workers and government officials to advocate for changes in domestic and international intellectual property law and related legislation/regulation, in order to maximise access to medicines, to devise campaigns in their localities to improve access to medicines, and to create a network to advance this work.

This initiative is funded by the Open Society Institute and United Nations Development Programme.

The participants are drawn from all over Africa; but this year, the course attracted participants mainly from Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia.

In 2010 the course was successfully completed with seven certificates of competence awarded to 7 participants out of 11 participants.

List of 2010 Participants:
• Ms Annonciata Kampire (Director of an NGO, Uganda).
• Mr Daniel Libati (Legal Programme Officer, Zambia).
• Mr Richard Shandu (Regional Organiser - TAC, South Africa).
• Mr Busingaye Kabumba (Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda).
• Ms Stella Kentutsi (NGO Activist, Uganda).
• Ms Philda Maiga (Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda).
• Mr Maziko Matemba (Director of an NGO, Malawia).
• Ms Jane Nalunga (Trade-related NGO, Uganda).
• Mr Themba Maphumulo (Treatment Literacy -TAC, South Africa)
• Ms Zahara Nampewo (Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda).
• Mr Lonias Ndlovu (Lecturer, University of Zululand, South Africa/Zimbabwe)
• Mr George Mapire (Pharmacist, South Africa/Zimbabwe).
• Mr Paul Kasonkomona (Treatment Activist, Zambia)..”             Back

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