Call for Applications: Challenging Intellectual Property Barriers 2020

deadline: 10th February 2020

This short online course aims to equip participants with;

a) An understanding and appreciation of the intricate linkages between access to essential HIV, TB and Hepatitis C medicines and the barriers presented by Intellectual Property (IP) legal and policy frameworks. 

b) Increased knowledge around the use of the flexibilities provided for by international trade agreements such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), to improve access to medicines at a domestic level. 

c) Provide participants with advocacy tools to equip them to embark on campaigns, which aim to review their domestic patent laws to incorporate the TRIPS-flexibilities.


1. The course is open to anyone interested in learning more about IP as it impacts access to medicines. 

2. We specifically urge African residents working in the area of the right to health, access to medicines, policy makers working on trade and development, human rights organisations (including NGOs and Government agencies), health professionals, legal practitioners and academics to enroll. 

3. The course is at the moment only available in English

4. Have daily access to the internet through the access of a computer or smartphone/tablet. 

5. Are committed to participating fully in all the elements of the short course. 

6. Committed to promoting rights based responses to access to HIV, TB and Hepatitis C medicines in their own countries and in the region, by addressing barriers posed by intellectual barrier rights.


  1. Click Here

2. Fill in your name and email address (no google account needed). 

3. We will then set up an online course account for you and send you an email with the login details for the Intellectual Property Barriers course. 

4. The course will start 17 February 2020.


Kindly note that users applying after the 10th of February 2020 may not be able to receive assistance should one encounter issues enrolling. Any questions can be submitted by email to Bruce Tushabe, at and copy Nyasha Chingore at

The course will take place from the: 

17 February – 5 April 2020 

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