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Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Europe (UAEM Europe) is the European branch of the global UAEM network. Launched in 2001 in the U.S., UAEM is a fast-growing academic and civil society movement run almost entirely by students and young researchers who advocate for equitable access to medicines, and to ensure that publicly-funded medical research meets the needs of people.
Since 2015, UAEM has focused on highlighting the inadequacies of the biomedical research and development system, seeking truly innovative solutions to the medicines crisis arising from the Big Pharma model. With 70+ university campuses worldwide, UAEM champions alternative mechanisms for the way medicines are made via a global network of student-driven chapters that aim to improve access to medicines and health technologies for populations in resource-limited settings by, for example, influencing university policies and practices.
UAEM Europe held its annual Conference in Hamburg from the 26-28 April 2019. The event saw the participation of around 150 young people coming from different UAEM chapters across Europe, but also young students from Brazil, Canada and Nigeria.
The Conference was themed 'Public Research for Public Needs - The Role of Unviesities' and its programme was enriched by the participation of guest speakers and experts who brought in concrete ways on how university students can act on the access to medicines issue.