Tag Archives: MSF

During early Ebola crisis: “When minutes counted, we lost months”

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“Ebola is not over, the conditions that created it are still there” Committee members told, as members confront consequences of “Sophie’s choice” of funding one disease response at expense of another A day after the White House responded to Congressional inaction on its request to fund Zika outbreak and impact control with a plan to […]

From failed responses to failed health systems, we’re reading about Ebola

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Ebola: Pushed to the limit and beyond: In their scathing report on the failures of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières warns that the outbreak is not yet over. “There is no room for mistakes or complacency,” the report reads. “The number of cases weekly is still higher […]

Ebola highlights pace of “interconnectedness,” role of leadership, and what happens when one moves faster than the other

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In remarks last week at the United States Agency for International Development’s 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted what he referred to as both “new opportunities,” and “new challenges,” of interconnnectedness, and “a hyperconnected world.” Challenges, he noted, are exemplified by the ongoing, still escalating Ebola crisis in West […]

Gilead hepatitis C drug price deal leaves global treatment access advocates underwhelmed

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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in early December, it was a step that was “expected to dramatically improve outcomes for many patients,” as one report put it. But how many was a big question, as we noted here. While the drug shortens treatment for […]

MSF on viral load testing: Question in resource poor settings is not whether, but how to make a standard of care the standard in practice

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It is the standard of care in wealthy countries, a means of  tracking the effectiveness of and adherence to drug regimens before failure causes illness, and it is the measurement of the most critical goal of HIV treatment — protecting health and lowering transmission risks by making the virus undetectable. And yet, in resource poor […]

Global Fund Replenishment “window of opportunity” to beat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Half open or half shut?

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“You have brief windows in history,” Global Fund Executive Director Ambassador Mark Dybul said Wednesday. He was referring to a now familiar argument he has made to support a request, that when he puts it this way, sounds modest: “Fifteen billion dollars to control three horrible pandemics.” The window Dybul is talking about is the […]

Report, patent reform add signposts to intersection of health and human rights

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“It is well understood,” this paper from Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership begins, “that patent protection increases the price of medicines and thereby decreases access to them.” The result: The rich really are different. They can have more health. It is a truth, this paper points out, that runs counter to the right to health […]

TB Week: What We’re Reading is all about tuberculosis — the impact on children, a manifesto, upcoming films, trends in the US and more . . .

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We can heal: The title of this story compilation from 30 children grappling with tuberculosis in 30 countries, are the words of a girl in Colombia, who recovered from the disease but lost much of her hearing to the treatment. The stories and photos of children losing their health, youth, and lives to a preventable […]

MSF Report:Growing HIV Treatment Crisis in Africa

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What does flat funding for PEPFAR and other global AIDS programs mean on the ground in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo? Fewer new treatment slots. Uncertainty about access to lifesaving drugs. An unfolding crisis. That’s one snippet in a bigger, disturbing picture painted by a new report from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. […]

Ramifications of a Retreat on HIV/AIDS

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A new report out today from Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) highlights concerns that donor countries’ commitment to combating the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic is wavering. “MSF teams working to treat HIV/AIDS are witnessing worrying signs of waning international support to combat HIV/AIDS,” the report says. “In some high-burden countries, patients are being turned away […]