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.


MSF Access Campaign
Nonyanyiso Baloi - MSF Treatment For TB in South Africa.
Photo Story

Treating drug resistant TB in the Western Cape

26 Oct 2016
Photo Story
Nonyanyiso Baloi - MSF Treatment For TB in South Africa.
Access to medicines

MSF reports on use of the new tuberculosis drugs bedaquiline and delamanid

Press Release 25 Oct 2016
Nonyanyiso Baloi - MSF Treatment For TB in South Africa.
South Africa

I'm doing everything I couldn't do before

Voices from the Field 25 Oct 2016
MSF TB Treatment in Mumbai, India

Renewed hope with new drugs

Project Update 25 Oct 2016
Juba Cholera Vaccination Juillet 2016

A promising new one-dose cholera vaccination strategy could save lives during outbreaks

Project Update 20 Oct 2016

We try to sleep for half an hour to gain the strength to perform another surgery

Voices from the Field 16 Oct 2016
Hurricane Matthew Devastation in Haiti

Responding to cholera and other medical needs

Project Update 13 Oct 2016

MSF urges Syrian government and its allies to stop indiscriminate bombing in Aleppo

Press Release 30 Sep 2016
Airstrike hits Abs hospital in Hajjah
United Nations

MSF International President to UN Security Council: "This failure reflects a lack of political will"

Speech 28 Sep 2016
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