How pharma can
reach the poor.
We work every day to change how pharmaceutical companies bring their medicines to the poor. Today, millions of people have yet to benefit fully from modern medicine.
Who we are
The Access to Medicine Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation. We analyse how the world's largest pharmaceutical companies are addressing access to medicine. Find out more about our three research programmes and why we focus on pharma.
How we drive change
The Foundation has been working to stimulate and guide the pharmaceutical industry to do more for people living in low- and middle-income countries for more than ten years.
Work with us
We are a fast-paced international team based in Amsterdam the Netherlands with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. If you think you would be a good fit for our team, then get in touch about one of our current vacancies.
Governance & financials
The Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation, funded by the UK and Dutch governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is a registered charity in the Netherlands (ANBI-status).
The Access to Medicine Foundation was founded in 2003 by Dutch entrepreneur, Wim Leereveld. It started with a single idea: how can we encourage the pharmaceutical industry to do more to help the world’s poorest people access the medicine they need?
Our team has diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Our aim is to ensure our research can be constructively applied by the many stakeholders working in access to medicine, and to drive up the standards across the pharmaceutical industry.
What leaders say
The Access to Medicine Index is a very important project. What gets measured, gets done.
Dr. Margaret Chan
Former Director General, World Health Organisation
I’ve been impressed by the Access to Medicine Index. It presents well-balanced stakeholder views on good practices for the pharmaceutical industry and it provides clear standards against which the performance of individual companies can be judged.
President, Realizing Rights, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), Former President of Ireland (1990-1997)
When I talk to executives from pharmaceutical companies they tell me that they want to do more for neglected diseases, but they at least need to get credit for it. The Access to Medicine Index does exactly that.
Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"There have been massive improvements in global health in the past decades, with all major pharmaceutical companies taking action. To close the gaps that remain, a greater diversity of companies must get involved and stay engaged."
Jayasree K. Iyer
Executive Director Access to Medicine Foundation
View our detailed overview of each company’s performance in the Index, including breakdowns of their product portfolios and R&D pipelines.