Swaziland, Cana House (MSF residence for patients on treatment) in Makanyane. October 2013. Photograph by Sven Torfinn

Sizakela Nhlabatsi, 30, MDR-TB patient:

"In March 2013 I became sick. I coughed a lot and felt pain in my chest. I went to the MSF clinic to be tested and I was diagnosed with MDR-TB. In the beginning the side effects of the medications were hard. My bones hurt, I could not walk, I had to vomit, had cramps. In the second month I wanted to give up treatment, but with the support of MSF I have succeeded to go on. Now I feel better, I can walk again and do not have to vomit anymore. Nobody was able to take care of me, I am the oldest of 4 children, my parents have died. I live about 5 km from the clinic and was too sick to come to the clinic for the treatment. That’s why MSF decided to put me in CANA house. I am worried about my brothers, they have to survive without me and they have no income."

Swaziland, Cana House (MSF residence for patients on treatment) in Makanyane. October 2013.

Issue brief |

Damaging impact of two proposed TRIPS-plus measures in RCEP trade deal

Photograph by Sven Torfinn

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

In terms of impact, RCEP will cover nearly 50% of the world’s population – including the most impoverished, vulnerable and marginalized people living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The leaked text reveals that the draft IP chapter proposes the premature adoption of intellectual property obligations by the region’s Least Developing Countries and thus, exposing a total disregard of the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable segment of the international community. People living with HIV, treatment providers and public interest groups across the world have written to countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement to protect the transition period available to LDCs. 

Damaging impact of two proposed TRIPS-plus measures