Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

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Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
UAEM logo
  • Washington, DC
Key people
Taylor Gilliland,
President of Board of Directors
Merith Basey,
Executive Director

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a student-led organization working to improve access to and affordability of medicines around the world, and to increase research and development of drugs for neglected tropical diseases. Supported by an active board of directors and guided by an advisory board that includes Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer and Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston, UAEM has mobilized hundreds of students on more than 70 campuses in more than 15 countries.[1] These student advocates have convinced universities worldwide to adopt equitable global access licensing policies for licensing their medical research, in order to make life-saving health innovations affordable and accessible in low and middle income countries. UAEM has published two student-led research projects—the University Report Card, which ranks universities on their contributions to global health and has received coverage in The New York Times and others; and Re:Route, a mapping of biomedical research and development (R&D) alternatives.[2]

The organization has worked globally on a campaign aimed at encouraging the WHO to discuss an R&D agreement, and is now currently working on a campaign targeting agencies providing public funding for biomedical research around the world under the name Take Back Our Medicines (TBOM) [3].


The basic units of the organizations are called chapters. A chapter is a self-organised group of students, primarily based at an academic institution often with faculty support. Chapters range in size, from more intimate groups of 2 or 3, to larger gatherings of around 30 or more students. [4] UAEM chapters are present in the US, Canada, Australia, Iran, India, Sudan, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands.

Chapters in The Netherlands[edit]

In The Netherlands there are four chapters: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen and UAEM Maastricht.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University patents limit access to medicine. These students want to change that".
  2. ^ "UAEM's Re:Route – New Mapping Tool For Alternative Health R&D Models". 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Take Back Our Meds Campaign!". Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.
  4. ^ "Chapters Archive". Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

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