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The Right to Health

Older women in sub-Saharan Africa are often dealing with a variety of health challenges. Due to poverty, many do not have the basic resources required for health, such as nutritious food, clean water and adequate housing. Many suffer from HIV/AIDS, TB, or malaria, as well as untreated chronic problems and diseases such as high blood pressure and arthritis. Often older women do not have access to required medicines and affordable, age-friendly health and social services. This is why GRAN campaigns for access to more generic drugs, fair pricing by pharmaceutical companies, and increased investment by Canada and the world to improve access, affordability and age-friendly health care.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Health:

Health Equity: Fair Global Access to Lifesaving Medicines/Vaccines

Access to essential medicines is a fundamental element of the Human Right to Health. Since its inception, GRAN has been actively involved in advocating for access to medicines for sub-Saharan Africa. Advocating for legislative amendments to Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) from 2010 - 2012 was the issue that first galvanized GRANs into action. Since then, GRAN has not wavered in its determined advocacy for equitable access to affordable life-saving medicines.

COVID-19: Vaccines, Testing and Treatments

Since its emergence in 2019, the coronavirus outbreak has swept the world, infecting people in every country and spreading fear and uncertainty. The pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the spread of the disease, with wide political, financial and social impacts.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Building Support for International Assistance

The federal Liberal Party made a commitment in its 2019 election platform to “…continu[e] to increase Canada’s international development assistance every year towards 2030, reflecting our commitment to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

More than a year into the pandemic, governments around the world are still scrambling to deal with the health emergency and its economic repercussions. Developing countries have been especially hard hit.

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