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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, 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.


MSF Access Campaign
Access to medicines

Rich countries blocking drug deal for poor countries

Press Release 9 Nov 2001
Access to medicines

A Matter of Life and Death: The role of patents in access to essential medicines

Report 9 Nov 2001
Uganda - Tom Stoddart - 1999
Access to medicines

Report shows near empty pipeline of drugs for diseases of the world's poor

Press Release 9 Oct 2001
Access to medicines

Fatal Imbalance: The Crisis in Research and Development for Drugs for Neglected Diseases

Report 9 Oct 2001
Access to medicines

TRIPS council session on access to medicines

Press Release 19 Sep 2001
Access to medicines

G8 window dresses while poor die from lack of medicines

Project Update 23 Jul 2001
Access to medicines

Global Health Fund must not be a subsidy for the drug industry

Project Update 20 Jul 2001
Access to medicines

MSF demands from G8 action to increase access to medicines

Press Release 19 Jul 2001

Glaxo stops Africans buying cheap Aids drugs

Project Update 2 Dec 2000
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