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Background: On 27 August 2014, the European Commission (EC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) became the second stringent regulatory authority (after Japan in July) to approve new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) daclatasvir, used to treat hepatitis C. Daclatasvir is the third DAA - a new class of oral drugs used to treat hepatitis C – to be approved.
Last updated 27 August 2014
MSF Letter to Indian government - IP negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Ahead of the RCEP Ministerial Conference to be held in Myanmar on 27-28 August 2014, see letter from Medecins Sans Frontieres addressed to the Indian Minister of State for Commerce & Industry regarding the inclusion of intellectual property (IP) in the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and its potential impact on access to affordable generic medicines from India.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expresses our condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those onboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine yesterday. MSF is deeply saddened and shocked at the loss of many people from the HIV community - leading scientists, researchers, activists and allies among them - who were heading for the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. The HIV community will feel their loss profoundly; we can only honour them by re-doubling our commitment and efforts to address the HIV pandemic.
Last updated 18 July 2014
Following this morning's launch of UNAIDS' Gap report on the state of the HIV epidemic, including access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responds to the news that at the end of 2013, nearly 13 million people living with HIV were on ART, including almost 12 million in the developing world, an increase of more than 20% from the end of 2012.
Last updated 16 July 2014
MSF statement in conjunction with the sixth BRICS Summit, being held in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 14-16 July, 2014.
Last updated 15 July 2014
Seventy six groups have co-signed MSF's letter urging the GAVI Alliance to support a hepatitis B virus (HBV) birth dose vaccination. Hepatitis B affects more than 240 million people globally, causing over 600,000 deaths each year. The highest burden of HBV infection lies in low- and middle-income countries, but only 18 of 56 GAVI-eligible countries are currently delivering the HBV birth dose. Please click below to read our letter to the GAVI Alliance.
Last updated 18 June 2014
67th WHO World Health Assembly – Agenda item 15.4 Access to Essential Medicines, Resolution EB 134.R16 Speaker: Helle Aagaard, EU Policy and Advocacy Advisor, MSF Access Campaign MSF programmes stand witness to the fact that medicines affordability is still a critical problem. For many new medicines addressing public health challenges, from communicable diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and HCV, to NCDs like cancer, high prices keep medical tools out of the reach of MSF, patients and governments.
Last updated 23 May 2014
MSF intervention on the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development at 67th World Health Assembly
World Health Assembly 67 – Agenda item 15.2 Speaker: Katy Athersuch, Medical Innovation & Access Policy Adviser, Médecins Sans Frontières International
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Cohn, MSF Access Medical Director World Health Assembly 67 – Agenda item 12.3 Given the unprecedented opportunities to address viral hepatitis today, Médecins Sans Frontières urges Member States not to miss this key opportunity to turn the tide of viral hepatitis.
Last updated 21 May 2014
Speaker: Kate Elder, Vaccines policy advisor World Health Assembly 67 – Agenda item 12.2 Médecins Sans Frontières welcomes and notes the recommendations of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on the first Global Vaccine Action Plan annual report. Improving the availability and quality of data on vaccine prices – as recommended in the Secretariat’s report - should be a priority for the GVAP.
Last updated 20 May 2014