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Access to Medicines 

One third of the world  lacks access to essential medicines 
 
In the poorest parts of Africa and Asia this figure rises to a half of the population. We challenge the high cost of medicines and the absence of treatment for many of the diseases affecting our patients. 
 
Too often  we cannot treat patients because the medicines are too expensive, or they are no longer produced. 
 
Sometimes, the only drugs we have are highly toxic or ineffective and nobody is looking for a better cure. 
 
As a medical humanitarian organisation, it is fundamentally unacceptable that access to essential medicines is increasingly difficult, particularly for the most common global infectious diseases. 

 

 

 

13/05/2021

100 years after the discovery of insulin, governments and health leaders have a crucial opportunity to support a new global resolution on diabetes and insulin access

MSF calls for ambitious targets for diagnosis, treatment and control of diabetes, in line with the 90-90-90 targets for HIV, and transparency on insulin pricing to ensure affordable access

04/05/2021

Ethiopia: People in rural Tigray hit by impact of crisis and humanitarian neglect

Many of Tigray’s six million people live in mountainous and rural areas where they are all but invisible to the outside world. While teams of aid workers have been deployed to the main cities of this northern Ethiopian region over recent months, aid is failing to reach more remote communities, where the impact of the conflict has often been severe. Many people have been unable to access healthcare and other basic services for the past six months and are still living in fear.

04/05/2021

Burkina Faso: providing healthcare in a region ravaged by violence

Burkina Faso’s North region hosts more than 100,000 internally displaced people who fled recurring violence in this part of the country. Since January 2021, MSF’s mobile teams have been offering healthcare support to people in the villages of Sirfou, Todiame, Rounga and Ouindigui, where thousands of these displaced persons have settled, but where access to healthcare and other basic services is severely limited.

 Mohamed Hussein Bule is a school teacher and refugee living with diabetes in Dadaab camp
14/04/2021

MSF calls on WHO to prioritise supply of more quality-assured sources of insulin

Insulin was discovered 100 years ago, but only half of people requiring it have access to this essential medicine today because of challenging storage requirements, complex treatment protocols and high prices.

Nyabol* arrived in Pagak in February 2021, with three of her own children and three nieces and nephe
08/04/2021

Asylum seekers are stuck in appalling conditions in Ethiopia’s Gambella region

Médecins Sans Frontières is concerned about the situation of thousands of asylum seekers from South Sudan who have been stuck for months in appalling conditions in a reception center in Ethiopia’s Gambella region without meaningful access to essential services, especially food aid. MSF is worried that conditions will deteriorate even further in the upcoming rainy season

Catherine Atieno holds up her medication (2011) © Sven Torfinn
24/03/2021

Kenya: Impending stockout of HIV medicines in Homa Bay puts many lives at risk

For the more than 114,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) currently on treatment in Homa Bay County, impending stockouts risk forcing many to interrupt their treatment, wiping away recent gains in suppressing the deadly infection.

09/03/2021

Countries must stop blocking and move toward formal negotiations on pandemic monopoly waiver at WTO

MSF International President appeals to governments stonewalling on landmark proposal

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03/03/2021

TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 Tools: what are the implications for Africa?

This webinar, hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), discusses the implications of the TRIPs waiver proposal for Africa, and why countries should support it.

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Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis

People have been left without healthcare and tens of thousands have been displaced across Ethiopia and Sudan, following fighting that broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, in November 2020.

MSF teams are working on both sides of the border, providing assistance to people in refugees camps in Sudan, and to the displaced and host communities within Tigray in Ethiopia.

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Access to Medicines 

One third of the world  lacks access to essential medicines 
 
In the poorest parts of Africa and Asia this figure rises to a half of the population. We challenge the high cost of medicines and the absence of treatment for many of the diseases affecting our patients. 
 
Too often  we cannot treat patients because the medicines are too expensive, or they are no longer produced. 
 
Sometimes, the only drugs we have are highly toxic or ineffective and nobody is looking for a better cure. 
 
As a medical humanitarian organisation, it is fundamentally unacceptable that access to essential medicines is increasingly difficult, particularly for the most common global infectious diseases.