HCV Project Co-Director
Incoming TAG HCV Project Co-Director Bryn Gay has over 15 years of health and human rights advocacy experience, focusing on inclusion of marginalized groups and overcoming health care barriers in developing countries. Starting as a student organizer against imbalanced trade agreements, with War on Want/Stamp Out Poverty she campaigned for a Robin Hood-like tax to finance the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Following her graduate studies in globalization at McMaster University, Bryn focused on developing policy tools on intellectual property for developing countries and on access to affordable, lifesaving medicines at The North-South Institute in Ottawa. With the United Nations Development Programme in Colombo and Bangkok, she provided research and policy support to 24 country offices in the Asia-Pacific region related to access to medicines, financing biomedical research and development, generic manufacturing, and material transfer agreements, among other issues. Bryn balanced this policy work with field-level coordination, and with Médecins du Monde, she managed health care programs within refugee and displaced communities in Western Sahara and Haïti. In Cité Soleil, Haïti, she mobilized an emergency response to cholera, using a community health model to promote prevention and early treatment, as well as supervised HIV, maternal health, and family planning programs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. Bryn’s HIV and hepatitis C advocacy with ACT UP in New York has focused on challenging high medicines prices and failures in the R&D system; bridging strategies to mitigate LGBTQ youth homelessness and end AIDS in New York by 2020; and pushing for drug policy reforms using public health approaches. She is also a keen advocate for expanding the social and solidarity economy.