Increasing access to patented medicines with the pharmaceutical sector

2 billion people worldwide do not have access to essential medicines. 50 of these medicines, e.g. for cancer or HIV are patented. The Medicines Patent Pool is a proven mechanism that negotiates with patent holders voluntary licenses for markets in low-income countries which are granted to multiple generic manufacturers. The competition drives down prices but ensures an attractive royalty for the patent holder. SDC supports this voluntary approach to make patented medicines available to people in these countries.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Health systems strengthening
Non-communicable diseases
Reproductive health & rights
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2027
CHF 3'756'962
Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'756'962 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0
Project phases Phase 99 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2027   (Current phase)