Treating multi drug resistant TB and HIV/AIDS in Manipur, India

Access to medicines

Unaffordable, unavailable, not adapted - people around the world face these challenges in accessing lifesaving medicines.

During the 1990s, MSF teams made a bitter observation: we were failing to treat some of our patients suffering from infectious diseases, while in developed countries, remarkable progress was being made in the field of health. Two decades on, medicines in developing countries are still either too expensive, aren't suitable to be used in many of the contexts in which we work (for example, in hot, humid conditions or where there's a lack of electricity), or simply don't exist for the diseases we need to treat.

In 1999, we launched the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, now known as the Access Campaign. Its mission focuses on three areas: overcoming barriers to access to essential medicines, stimulating research and development for neglected diseases, and promoting health exceptions to global trade agreements. In 2003, MSF joined several research institutes, including the Institut Pasteur, to create the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a non-profit research and development organisation engaged in research and development of new treatments for neglected diseases.

 
Website

MSF Access Campaign

msfaccess.org
 
Insein clinic, for treatment for HIV, TB, and Hepatitis C in Yangon. By Alessandro Penso, Feb 2018.
Tuberculosis

Last-minute pressure to drop language on protecting access to affordable medicines from TB Summit declaration negotiations

Press Release 20 Jul 2018
 
The Stop Stocks Outs Project South Africa April 2015
South Africa

Country takes landmark step for access to medicines

Press Release 31 May 2018
 
Access to medicines

Access Campaign Year in Review 2017

msfaccess.org 7 May 2018
 
Insein clinic, for treatment for HIV, TB, and Hepatitis C in Yangon. By Alessandro Penso, Feb 2018.
Photo Story

Myanmar: treating HIV, TB, and hepatitis C in Insein clinic, Yangon

23 Mar 2018
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Free Hepatitis clinic in Meerut
Photo Story

One year, 1,198 patients

2 Mar 2018
Photo Story
 
Pneumonia

MSF challenges Pfizer’s monopoly on lifesaving pneumonia vaccine in South Korea

Press Release 6 Feb 2018
 
Snakebites in Paoua
Photo Story

Affordable and quality antivenoms needed for snakebites

5 Feb 2018
Photo Story
 
Cambodia Hep-C
Access to medicines

MSF challenges Gilead’s patent application for hepatitis C treatment

Press Release 15 Dec 2017
 
Cholera intervention in South Kivu
Access to Healthcare

Taxing the ill - How user fees are blocking universal health coverage

Report 8 Dec 2017