Articles

When high taxes kill

Roger Bate | 11 Mar 2006 | Union Leader

In the time it takes you to read this column, at least 10 people in poor countries will die from diseases that are preventable and curable. Instead of improving access to critical medicines, many countries keep drugs out or make them too expensive.

Goldilocks Pricing

Richard Tren & Roger Bate | 27 Feb 2006 | TCS Daily

For many years, AIDS activist groups have campaigned for cheaper drugs, wider access to treatment and against the stigma of AIDS. In many respects, their campaigns have been successful; the prices of AIDS drugs have fallen dramatically and more and more people are now receiving life-saving AIDS treatment. Much of that success however has been due to the private sector, donors and charities finding solutions on the ground that work. Some of the activist activity has been ideological in nature and more concerned with bashing the research-based drugs industry than finding real solutions that work.

Africa's economic fate in its own hands

Richard Tren & Jasson Urbach | 13 Dec 2005 | Business Day (South Africa)

Africa can achieve prosperity too, but it has to be more open to trade; must stop blaming others for its problems; and has to improve the institutions of a free society.

Death and Taxes

Roger Bate | 05 Dec 2005 | Medical Progress Today

Why taxes and tariffs on medicines in developing nations is a fatal policy.

Finding Hope Where the Streets are Named for Lenin and Mao

Richard Tren | 03 Nov 2005 | TCS Daily

AFM Director Richard Tren discusses positive trends in Mozambique.

Condemnation Within Zimbabwe

Roger Bate, Richard Tren & Archbishop Pius Ncube | 27 Jul 2005 | Embassy Magazine

Part two of Embassy's three-part series on Zimbabwe by Archbishop Pius Ncube, Dr. Roger Bate, and Richard Tren.

Zimbabwe's Tragedy Is Africa's

Roger Bate, Richard Tren & Archbishop Pius Ncube | 20 Jul 2005 | Embassy Magazine

Up to 1.5 million people homeless, more than 300,000 homes destroyed, more than 46,000 people arrested, over 4 million people starving - Embassy's three-part report on Zimbabwe by Archbishop Pius Ncube, Dr. Roger Bate, and Richard Tren.

Putting Profits Before People

Richard Tren & Roger Bate | 20 Jun 2005 | TCS Daily

Richard Tren argues against the East African trade ministers intention to subject essential medicines to import taxes.

Personal view: Poor countries must remove tax barriers to key medicines

Roger Bate | 29 May 2005 | Daily Telegraph (UK)

Campaigns to raise awareness can sometimes give the impression that all we need is for some glamorous celebrities to click their fingers for the problem to be solved.

WHO's numbers don't add up

Roger Bate | 24 May 2005 | Business Day (South Africa)

Our analysis shows that if medicine tariffs were removed, tens of millions of the poorest people in countries such as Nigeria, India and Tanzania would probably have access to medicines and other products that could save their lives.