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

Access to medicines

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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
Free Hepatitis clinic in Meerut
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One year, 1,198 patients

2 Mar 2018
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MSF challenges Pfizer’s monopoly on lifesaving pneumonia vaccine in South Korea

Press Release 6 Feb 2018
Snakebites in Paoua
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Affordable and quality antivenoms needed for snakebites

5 Feb 2018
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Cambodia Hep-C
Access to medicines

MSF challenges Gilead’s patent application for hepatitis C treatment

Press Release 15 Dec 2017
User fees - testimonies from CAR
Global health

Health policies must focus on needs of individuals

Report 11 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
TB support in Swaziland

Governments given deadline to increase testing and treatment

Press Release 15 Nov 2017
MSF Clinic Hepatitis C Unit - Noor Alam #2
Access to medicines

Hepatitis C - Not even close 30 Oct 2017
Chiradzulu: Complicated HIV clinic days
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Daily struggles of the most vulnerable

25 Oct 2017
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