2-22 | In a report released today Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the largest provider of HIV treatment in Myanmar (1), highlights the critical need for increased HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), treatment in the country.According to the report, 85,000 people in urgent need of lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in Myanmar are today unable to access it. Of an estimated 9,300 people newly infected with MDR-TB each year, so far just over 300 have been receiving treatment.
1-30 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is alarmed by the situation of HIV/AIDS patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the lack of priority given by the Congolese authorities and the withdrawal of donors, all occurring as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary on 28 January.
12-28 | “We handed over many treatment programmes in Latin America and Asia to local authorities in the confidence that they would be able to provide people with the treatment they needed to stay alive. Higher drug prices will create real funding challenges for some middle-income countries.”- Dr Tido VON SCHOEN-ANGERER, Executive Director, MSF Access CampaignStuck in the middle: drug companies push up prices for patients in middle-income countries
12-28 | “There’s no hiding from the fact that treating people with drug-resistant TB is a long, difficult and complex process. But it can be done – people who get treatment are cured and can go on with their lives once more – but it needs a firm political and financial commitment..”- Dr. Frauke JOCHIMS, MSF TB Medical AdvisorNumbers of patients on treatment for drug-resistant TB remains catastrophically low
12-28 | “There are funding gaps across global health that could be plugged with money from a financial transaction tax. It’s time to invest in real lives – real futures.”- Sharonann LYNCH, HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor, MSF Access CampaignProgress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria under threat as health funding falters