Global Development Academy

Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA)

This project examines appropriate, affordable access to medicines.

Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA) is a three-year research project funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.


This research investigates how appropriate, affordable access to medicines if affected by the interplay of:

  • patent regimes
  • pharmaceutical regulation
  • availability of drug production facilities
  • health care infrastructure
  • service provision
  • engagement by foreign donors

This project examines the production, distribution, supply and consumption of medicines within five health care areas:

  • malaria
  • mental health
  • reproductive health
  • tuberculosis (TB) control


This project is led by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with partners in Belgium, Switzerland, Uganda, South Africa and India.


Further information on the members of the Edinburgh team and the project partners is available from the Centre for South Asian Studies website.