• PI: David Sanders
  • Funder: European Commission
  • Dates: 01/05/2010 - 31/10/2013

Project Summary

Aims: The main aim of the proposed research is to investigate how the interplay of patent regimes, pharmaceutical regulation, availability of drug production facilities, health care infrastructure and service provision, and engagement by foreign donors influence appropriate, affordable access to medicines in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to map patterns of production, distribution, supply and consumption of medicines within five health care areas – HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Reproductive Health, Tuberculosis (TB) control, and Mental Health. We also plan to investigate the strategies and influence of selected Indian, Chinese and Brazilian producers who are active as exporters, partners in joint ventures, or as direct producers in the selected South Asian and African countries.

Key Activities

Work Packages 2, 3, and 4: Data collection and analyses in Uganda, India, and South Africa, respectively.
Work package 5: Comparative and External Suppliers Analysis
Work package 6: Knowledge Management and Research Capacity Development


University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Ghent , Belgium
Swiss Tropical Institute, Switzerland
Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
Makerere University - College of Health Sciences , Uganda
Foundation for Research in Community Health , India

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville 7535, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27-21 - 959 2809 | Fax: +27- 21 - 959 2872 | Email: mppetersen@uwc.ac.za