[Ip-health] MSF Releases Ten Stories That Mattered in Access to Medicines in 2011

Katy Athersuch katy.athersuch at googlemail.com
Tue Dec 20 08:15:03 PST 2011

MSF Releases Ten Stories That Mattered in Access to Medicines in 2011

A list of Ten Stories that Mattered in Access to Medicines in 2011 was
released today by the international medical humanitarian organisation
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).  The list looks at developments in 2011
that had an impact – whether positive or negative – on people’s ability to
access needed drugs, diagnostics and vaccines in developing countries.

“For the diseases our medical teams encounter every day in places where we
work, 2011 was a year of both critical progress and dangerous backsliding,”
said Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer, executive director of MSF’s Access
Campaign.  “At a time of so much promise, it is crucial to continue pushing
forward, and refuse to accept a double standard in care between rich and
poor countries.”

The list covers key developments regarding diseases MSF confronts in
developing countries: landmark findings about HIV treatment as HIV
prevention; the strikingly low number of people receiving treatment for
more lethal, drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis; a new subsidy intended
to lower the price of malaria treatments that is headed in the wrong
direction; a dangerous global shortage of the drug needed to treat the
parasitic slow killer Chagas disease; slow progress on better adapting food
aid to meet children’s needs; vaccine prices finally becoming more
transparent; and the first-ever guidelines to treat an HIV/AIDS
‘opportunistic infection,’ cryptococcal meningitis.

It also looks at key policy developments of the year, including
unprecedented funding shortfalls at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria; drug companies cutting across-the-board discounts
in middle-income countries; and the continued struggle to ensure affordable
generic medicines can be produced in India, the ‘pharmacy of the developing

Now available: http://www.msfaccess.org/10stories2011

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