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.
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:
- Report: Adherence Clubs
- Issue Brief: Decisions around HIV treatment in 2015: Seven ways to fail, derail or prevail (PDF)
- Report: Putting HIV and HCV to the Test (PDF)
- Report: HIV/TB counselling: Who is doing the job? Time for recognition of lay counsellors (PDF)
- 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
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
- 20-07-2015: MSF responds to START trial data showing all people with HIV should be treated immediately
- 20-07-2015: MSF warns successful global HIV response will require bigger emphasis on adherence
- 21-07-2015: As HIV burden overwhelmingly shifts to ‘middle-income’ countries, access to affordable medicines is under threat
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.
Download the leaflet (PDF)
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
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