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Standing up to Big Pharma in Bangladesh: Right Livelihood Laureate Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

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Democracy Now! talks to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, co-founder of Bangladeshi charity Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK, The People’s Health Center) which provides education, job opportunities and low-cost, locally-produced essential drugs to rural Bangladeshis. GK received the Right Livelihood Award in 1992.

Dr. Chowdhury was a key force behind the Bangladesh National Drug Policy in 1982, which restricted the number of imported drugs and encouraged locally-manufactured versions at drastically reduced prices.