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2023 End of Year Message from MPP Executive Director - Equitable Access, Universal Health Coverage and Pandemic Preparedness
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to and facilitate the development of life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups, and other stakeholders to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations.
To date, MPP has signed agreements with 21 patent holders for 13 HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals, a tuberculosis treatment, a cancer treatment, four long-acting technologies, three oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and 16 COVID-19 technologies.
MPP was founded by Unitaid, which continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). MPP’s activities in COVID-19 are undertaken with the financial support of the Japanese Government, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the German Agency for International Cooperation and SDC.
Our Strategy 2023-2025
Watch Greg Martin explain our new strategy that centres around five core goals for greater access to vital medicines and health technologies in lower- and middle-income countries. The Strategy also explains how these goals will be achieved, as well as outlining key MPP achievements since its inception in 2010.
"The Medicines Patent Pool was established as a landmark initiative to expand access to treatments for priority diseases. Over the last decade, MPP has become a strong partner in global health, working to facilitate access to HIV and hepatitis C medicines in low- and middle-income countries through voluntary licensing and patent pooling. With its impressive track record, MPP has a critical role to play in making affordable versions of patented essential medicines and technologies available to those who need it the most, including for COVID-19."Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
"The creation fo the Medicines Patent Pool by Unitaid ten years ago enabled the production of generics that treat tens of millions of people around the world. This led to important successes such as an annual treatment for HIV/AIDS for less than USD 70 in Africa, instead of USD 10,000 in Europe. Today, maybe more than ever, we need MPP’s model to help pharmaceutical companies license their rights on a voluntary basis and continue to save lives."Marisol Touraine, Chair of the Executive Board of Unitaid
"As the Medicines Patent Pool celebrates its ten-year anniversary, we are proud to support MPP’s effort to speed up access to essential medicines in low- and middle-income countries. MPP’s voluntary licence mechanism is very much needed, especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it promotes a collaborative vision of ensuring rapid access of quality-assured affordable essential medicines to people living in low- and middle-income countries while acknowledging the need to fund innovation."Alexander Schulze, Head of the Division Global Programme Health, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
MPP in Numbers
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Patent and licensing status: last updated on 1st October 2023. Disclaimer | Product availability data from MPP sublicensees: last updated in December 2023 (data as of 31 September 2023) | Note: Sales may occur in countries in the absence of registration via procurement channels, registration waivers and/or exemptions
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Dr Denise’s journey, from diagnosis to access to cancer care and treatment
“If I had remained in, I would’ve died that year. ”
Dr Denise Ejoh, CEO of Cormode Cancer Foundation talks about herjourney, from diagnosis in to treatment & care in . 70% of death from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, one of the reasons being that people lack access to affordable treatment and care. At MPP, we believe in a world where millions of cancer deaths are preventable and where access to life-saving cancer treatments is equitable for all – no matter where you live.