August 13, 2020
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to improve access to affordable and high-quality diabetes medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The agreement, which aims to improve the lives of many of the more than 460 million people currently living with diabetes and those at high risk, aligns the two organisations on several fronts. These include identifying diabetes medicines where MPP’s proven model of public health-oriented voluntary licensing could facilitate affordable access in LMICs, and understanding the needs and barriers to access in these countries.
“Diabetes is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that affects nearly half a billion people around the world, of whom 79% live in low- and middle-income countries,” said MPP’s Executive Director Charles Gore. “We look forward to working with IDF to facilitate access to patented life-saving diabetes medicines in LMICs.”
“Regular and affordable access to essential diabetes medicines remains a major problem in many parts of the world. Nearly 100 years after its first use to treat a person with diabetes, insulin remains beyond the reach of many who need it to survive. But it is not only an issue of access to insulin, many other patented medicines that help prevent and treat diabetes and its complications are not getting into the hands of those who need them,” said IDF President, Professor Andrew Boulton. “MPP’s work holds great promise in overcoming some of the barriers to treatment. Our partnership has the potential to bring hope to millions of people with diabetes.”