November 23, 2008

MSF presented medical data from its HIV/AIDS treatment programs around the world at the 17th International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City


In August, MSF presented medical data from its HIV/AIDS treatment programs around the world at the 17th International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City. MSF experts and staff hosted press conferences and panel discussions on the challenges of treating children with AIDS and the potential benefits of a patent pool for medicines proposed by UNITAID. MSF also led “Mind the Gaps,” a special session on the critical shortage of health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa. Speakers gave presentations on how an exodus of health workers is affecting people living with HIV and the health care system.

“It is devastating to stand by and watch people growing sicker—and sometimes dying—as they wait weeks and even months before being treated simply because there are not enough health care workers,” said Dr. Mit Philips of MSF. Near the end of the IAC, health workers and organizations, including MSF, initiated a spirited rally to express the need for more health professionals in these countries.

You can watch the rally and view medical presentations, research papers, interviews with MSF staff, and photos on MSF’s Mexico 2008 IAC website.