For centuries, the drug quinine has been used to treat malaria, a disease that kills close to one million people a year. But now, there’s a new drug - called artesunate - that is more effective, and far simpler and safer to administer than quinine. The WHO has just revised its guidelines calling for artesunate as the treatment of choice for children with severe malaria. Now the international community needs to get behind it.
In Armenia, patients with drug-resistant strains of TB have to undergo extremely challenging treatment; also - MSF's reaction to NATO's call for NGOs to work alongside military operations; and in Burundi a strategic response to an alarming outbreak of malaria.
In this edition, listen to reports on new strategies to combat malaria and MSF’s response to the devastation wrought by successive hurricanes hitting Haiti. In the top story, hear how thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing war and destitution are undertaking a perilous journey aboard illegal smugglers’ boats to cross the Gulf of Aden.
In this edition, listen to reports on current issues affecting access to essential medicines, including a new, easy-to-use treatment for malaria; a court case in India that could prevent millions of people around the world from getting the medicines they need to survive; and on the fight to secure the heat-stable version of a vital AIDS drug in Thailand.