No doubt strides have been made in giving more people access to anti-retroviral drugs. But will the progress continue? Jim Clancy put that question to Emi Maclean, Director of the Doctors Without Borders Access Campaign.
Eric Goemaere hopes the patent pool will work out so he doesn't have to watch his patients in Khayelitsha die. In the U.S. HIV patients have a 69-year life expectancy. But his patients in Khayelitsha are running out of options after only 8 years on therapy. "I don't accept the principle of double standards," he says. "If it's possible to get 69 years of life in the U.S., it should be possible to get something comparable in South Africa."
Many global health advocates worry that the success of PEPfAR — an initiative that has consistently enjoyed broad bipartisan support — may be jeopardized by harsh economic realities and shifting political priorities. After five straight years of funding hikes and public-health victories, the slowdown has AIDS advocates scratching their heads: Why would the Obama Administration back off from the one universally popular program inherited from Bush?
Few diseases with symptoms like heart enlargement and failure, antiquated medicine and over 300,000 current reported U.S. cases would receive almost no attention, but such is the case for Chagas disease. Until now, that is.
"There are 10 to 15 million who have Chagas," said Gemma Ortiz, who heads the Chagas campaign for Doctors Without Borders. This year, the organization vows to "break the silence" of Chagas disease, which kills nearly 14,000 each year.
Violent attacks on Congolese villages by the Lord's Resistance Army have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Underreported examines the humanitarian crisis in the DRC and neighboring countries with Bruno Jochum, director of operations for Doctors without Borders in Geneva, and with Alexandre Morhain a project coordinator working with displaced Congolese in Southern Sudan.
With photography and video by photojournalist Brendan Bannon, MSF brings you the underreported story of hundreds of thousands of Congolese who are fleeing the violent attacks of Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistant Army (LRA).