Organisation: Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia

Amount: £90 000.00

Year: 2017

Duration: 36 months

Country: Malaysia and India


Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia is promoting public health friendly Intellectual Property (IP) policies and laws in India and operationalising national level Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) policy and action plan commitments in India and Malaysia.

Antimicrobial resistance has been recognised by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in 2016 as “one of the biggest threats to global health.” Commitments were made by countries to develop national action plans on AMR, based on the “Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance”.

TWN is advancing the formulation and implementation of national AMR policies and plans by engaging with policy makers, parliamentarians, civil servants and generic drug manufacturers to discuss challenges and propose solutions that promote access to affordable medicines at national level. The project is also raising awareness among the general public of the impact of Intellectual Property regimes on access to affordable medicines and AMR, and carrying out research in relation to the IP provisions and their impact on access to medicines in India and Malaysia.

By the end of the project greater awareness on the links between IP regimes and access to affordable medicines in India and Malaysia would have been generated. It is hoped that research produced and constructive engagement with decision makers carried out during the project will influence government decisions in relations to legislation, policies and trade agreements, resulting in greater access to affordable medicines in target countries.

Third World Network

Third World Network (TWN) is an international network of organisations involved in issues relating to development. It aims to strengthen cooperation among development and environment groups in the South. TWN provides a platform representing broadly Third World interests and perspectives at international fora such as United Nations agencies and the WTO, conducts research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South and builds the capacity of Southern CSOs to engage in policy and law making processes.