UAEM Europe

UAEM Europe is the European branch of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a global grassroots organization that empowers students to advocate for equitable access to medicines, and to ensure that publicly-funded medical research meets the needs of patients worldwide. As a non-profit organization rooted in a movement of hundreds of students worldwide, UAEM is anchored in universities and research institutions where much of today’s medical innovation is born, and champions alternative mechanisms for the way medicines are made.

We aim to:
- promote access to medicines and medical innovations in low- and middle-income countries by changing norms and practices around academic patenting and licensing,

- ensure that medical research meets the needs of people worldwide,

- empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis.

Awareness of obstacles to access to medicines, in particular high prices, is currently on the rise even in high income countries, and their importance has been acknowledged by many national and international institutions. Nonetheless, decision-makers in funding institutions and public research institutions do not yet take responsibility to make the fruits of research available and affordable to those in need.

UAEM Europe is currently present in 10 European countries, and organised in groups/chapters in over 25 universities, encompassing about 200 volunteers.

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