MSF at the IAC
Children Living with HIV Deserve Fair Treatment
Child-Adapted Medicines, Diagnostics, and Treatment Strategies Urgently Needed
Mexico City, August 5, 2008 - Treating children and adolescents living with HIV effectively in resource-limited settings is possible, but adapted medicines, diagnostic tools, and treatment strategies are urgently needed to prevent more deaths, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In "Running in Place," a briefing document released by MSF this week at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, MSF exposes the formidable challenges the organization still faces in treating over 10,000 children under 15 years of age on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in over 50 projects around the world.
Mind the Deadly Gaps:
Health Care Worker Shortages in Southern Africa Causing Fatal Delays in Bringing AIDS Care to Those in Urgent Need
Mexico City, 3 August 2008 – On the opening day of the XVII International Aids Conference, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned of the deadly impact that the lack of health care workers is having on AIDS treatment and care in southern Africa. In a satellite meeting called "Mind the Gaps" organized by MSF here today, experts described the scope and impact of the health care worker shortage as well as the critical need to increase government and donor commitment to taking immediate concrete steps to retain and support health care workers now.
Running in Place:
Too Many Patients Still in Urgent Need of HIV/AIDS Treatment
HIV/AIDS treatment and management are essential components of many Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) programs worldwide. MSF currently provides antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for more than 140,000 people living in 27 countries, with about 10,000 of those patients being children. Through the discussion of MSF field activities, experiences, and operational strategies, we highlight the critical HIV/AIDS issues that our teams face today, which include:
Dr. Mit Philips of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) answers questions about how the lack of health care workers threatens further roll-out of HIV/AIDS treatment to those in urgent need of it in sub-Saharan Africa.
Elena Alonso, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical advisor for HIV/AIDS-TB programs.
Dr Eric Goemaere, medical co-ordinator for MSF in South Africa, discusses diagnosing and managing HIV-TB co-infection.
MSF joined thousands of protesters at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, calling for governments and pharmaceutical companies to halt policies and practices that hamper access to medicines.
Keep health workers caring for patients!
Every day, MSF teams witness how the critical shortage of healthcare workers impacts the lives—and untimely deaths—of people with HIV/AIDS. What do YOU think needs to be done so that those who care for patients today can continue to do so tomorrow? We're interested in your opinion, your experience, your ideas for action.
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