6-27 | An acute humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Doolo zone, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, as malnutrition reaches alarming levels, warns Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), whose teams are working in Doolo zone, the worst affected area. “The numbers of young children with severe acute malnutrition in Doolo zone are the highest ever seen in this area by our teams in the 10 years we have worked in the region,” says Saskia van der Kam, MSF nutritional advisor. MSF teams, working alongside Ethiopian health a
Fewer than 5% of people in need are treated with new TB drugs, nearly four years after their approval
3-23 | Companies and countries must take urgent action to increase access to these life-saving treatments Only 4,800 people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in 2016 were treated with two newer and much more effective medicines, even though these have now been on the market for up to four years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) deplored on 23 March. Outside of a small number of clinical trials and compassionate use programmes, just 469 people received delamanid in 2016, while just over 4,300 received bedaquiline.
MSF report shows price of older HIV drugs decreasing, but salvage regimens are 18 times more expensive than first-line treatment
7-21 | Trade agreements and pressure on India’s ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ pose major threats to access Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today released the 18th edition of its HIV drug pricing report, Untangling the Web of Antiretroviral Price Reductions, at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The report finds that prices of older HIV drugs continue to decline, while newer drugs remain largely priced out of reach.
6-24 | For much of the year, the eastern Ethiopian regions of Afar and Sitti are dry and inhospitable places. Yet this is where many pastoralists live, moving from place to place, searching for water and pasture to feed their precious livestock. This delicately balanced life changed two years ago when the rains started to fail, nothing grew and livestock died. The ensuing drought has challenged the very way of life of these nomadic communities. Many of the local nomadic peoples of this region say that this drought was the worst in 25 years.
6-8 | So called “key populations” such as sex workers and men who have sex with men have both a higher risk of contracting HIV (*1) and a lower access to antiretroviral care due to stigma and discrimination as well as, in many instances, their illegal status and high mobility. New medications to prevent HIV negative people from contracting the virus (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PreP) are a promising tool to curtail the progression of the HIV pandemic, but access remains limited in the most affected areas of Southern Africa.