Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)  is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. 

It began providing antiretroviral therapy to a small number of people living with HIV/AIDS in projects in Thailand, South Africa and Cameroon in 2000. At the time, treatment for one person for one year cost more than US$10,000. With increased availability of low-cost quality antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), MSF currently supports HIV treatment for more than 200,000 people in 20 countries.

MSF advocates for policies to reach more people with treatment, earlier in their disease progression, while increasingly implementing strategies that allow people living with HIV to take on a more central role in the management of their care. 



MSF at IAS 2015 

The 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) takes place in Vancouver, Canada from July 19-22, 2015. 

Through the discussion of our treatment programs, field experiences, and operational strategies, MSF will highlight the challenges and opportunities in improving access to medical care for the most people.  



Satellite Event

Title: ART Programmatic Strategies to reach and maintain Undetectable Viral Load

Organizers: Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

When: Sunday 19 July 2015 – 17:00-19:00

Where: Room 118-120

This satellite will provide an overview of strategies to reach and maintain undetectable viremia through routine viral load (RVL), innovative ART delivery strategies (such as community-based and streamlined refills), and the essential role of counseling and adherence support throughout the cascade of care. Speakers will also provide an analysis of the threats and opportunities to expand the RVL and adherence package of care.


  • Chair: Bactrin Killingo
  • Solange Baptiste (ITPC)
  • Amanda Banda (MSF)
  • Nathan Ford (WHO)
  • Helen Bygrave (MSF)
  • Eyerusalem Negussie (WHO)
  • Sharonann Lynch (MSF)



Presentations and Posters 

Links to complementary MSF documents: 




Meet us at booth 234 from Sunday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 22
  • Learn more about MSF’s work with HIV/AIDS and meet our staff and fieldworkers
  • Meet a recruiter and find out how you can become a part of the MSF team
  • Watch a demonstration of MSF’s new HIV/AIDS e-learning module



Press Room 

Press Conferences:

10 years of MSF data exposes major fault lines for reaching 90% undetectable among people on ART 

  • Date/Time: July 20, 2015, 12:30 - 13:15
  • Speakers: Sharonann Lynch, HIV/AIDS Policy Adviser, MSF, and Dr. Helen Bygrave, South African Medical Unit, MSF


Access to the affordable HIV treatment under threat: the dangers of the TPP and trade agreements with India 

  • Date/Time: July 21, 2015, 12:30 - 13:15
  • Speaker: Leena Menghaney, Regional Head, South Asia, MSF Access Campaign


Press Releases:


Media contacts

Michelle French
Tel: +1-646.552.4600

Claudia Blume
Tel: +1-416.312.3960





Access Campaign

MSF’s Access Campaign aims to build support for expanding HIV treatment to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Building on our experience treating HIV, we are introducing new treatment approaches and using our expertise to fight for lower medicine prices.

Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU)

The mission of MSF’s Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU) is to provide medical, technical and implementation support to various MSF projects having medical activities related to HIV and TB.

MSF HIV/TB Online Course

MSF is launching the HIV/TB online course during the IAS. This course was created for nurse practitioners, clinical officers and doctors who have little or no experience in HIV/TB clinical management.  Come by the MSF booth (#234) to meet the authors, try the course for yourself or watch a demo.

Try the course

Download the leaflet (PDF)


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The TPP, which is currently being negotiated between the U.S., Canada and ten other Pacific Rim nations, is on track to become the most harmful trade pact ever for access to medicines in developing countries, unless damaging provisions are removed before the deal is sealed.
The negotiations are being conducted in secret, but leaked documents reveal that the United States is pushing for stringent intellectual property protections for drugs. These protections could give pharmaceutical companies longer monopolies over brand name drugs. This would allow them to charge high prices for longer periods of time and either stop or delay the generic competition from producing less expensive versions that are vital to global health.
As a medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries, MSF is concerned about the impact the deal will have on public health in developing countries where the organization works, and beyond. MSF urges the U.S. government to withdraw – and other TPP negotiating countries such as Canada to reject – rules that threaten to dismantle internationally-agreed public health safeguards and restrict access to medicines in developing countries.



Public Event 

During the IAS Conference in Vancouver, MSF has organized a free public screening of Fire in the Blood, an award-winning documentary about the fight against powerful governments and big pharma to lower the cost of generic medicines for millions of people living with AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.  

After the screening, experts will discuss how access to medicines continues to be threatened by these same forces, including through provisions proposed in a secretive trade deal:  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. Panelists include Leena Menghaney, Regional Head, South Asia, MSF Access Campaign, and Dr. Peter Saranchuk, TB/HIV Adviser, Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU).

  • When: July 20, 2015, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard Street, Vancouver


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