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June 07, 2013

Imagine you are nine months pregnant and ready to give birth. You feel your contractions start. You are excited and afraid, but mostly you are in pain and praying that everything will go well.

New MSF report "Help Wanted : Confronting the health care worker crisis to expand access to HIV/AIDS treatment"

Tuberculosis (TB) kills two million people and infects nine million every year, and those numbers are rising, especially in southern Africa, which has the highest rates of HIV. TB-HIV co-infection is already a major problem and it is only getting worse, in part because of a lack of effective diagnostic tools and treatments. Dr. Peter Saranchuk was the medical coordinator at MSF’s HIV/AIDS project in Lesotho. Here, he explains the reasons behind the dangerous relationship between TB and HIV.

The Executive Board of UNITAID, the international health financing agency, will meet Dec. 14-15 in Geneva to decide on the future direction of the Patent Pool for AIDS medicines. International medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned that a number of pharmaceutical companies are seeking to exclude developing countries categorized as ‘middle-income’ from benefiting from medicines made under licence from the Pool.  If these companies are successful, people living with HIV/AIDS will be made to pay the price.

Short-sighted savings measures ignore latest science, will cost more lives

Doctor, psychologist and nurse will travel to affected and isolated areas.

Neglect can be overcome and millions of lives can be saved.