For many years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been caring for people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Since 2001, MSF has been providing antiretroviral treatment to patients with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and Ukraine.
Our experience has demonstrated that providing effective treatment is not only feasible in resource-poor settings, but has concrete clinical benefits and dramatic effects on the lives of individuals and their communities. However, while we know that treatment is possible, scaling up to national level has only been successfully implemented in a handful of countries.
There is no reason to remain silent or polite about the more than 8,000 people we lose to AIDS every day. We must strive collectively to make effective HIV/AIDS treatment a reality for the millions of people who need it.