Health Gap - Global Access Project
Health Global Access Project (HGAP) is an organization of U.S.-based AIDS and human rights activists, people living with HIV/AIDS, public health experts, fair trade advocates and concerned individuals who campaign against policies that allow less treatment access that fuels the spread of the disease. HGAP is dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic. The formation of Health GAP in early 1999 in New York City was an activist response to the international call for global social action.
HGAP campaigns for drug access and the resources necessary to sustain access for people with HIV/AIDS across the globe. It works with allies in the global South and in the G-8 countries to formulate policies that promote access, mobilize grassroots support for those policies, and confront governmental policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and international agencies when their policies or practices block access. Multiple strategies are needed to lower drug prices to affordable levels. These strategies include generic production, voluntary and compulsory licensing and parallel importing. HCI's specific contributions to the global treatment movement are in education, advocacy action, and support of government access policies.
Links to the health workforce crisis
HGAP works to increase global funding for HRH/HSS, primarily through multilateral channels and bilateral initiatives. It advocates for a coherent global architecture for rapidly scaling up planning, funding, and implementation activities. HCI supports efforts to rapidly expand and deploy a well-trained and adequately supervised corps of community health workers to extend care to peri-urban and rural communities and further advocate that this cadre of health workers not be considered "volunteers" but that they be appropriately recognized, compensated, and credentialed.
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