Treating multi drug resistant TB and HIV/AIDS in Manipur, India

Access to medicines

Unaffordable, unavailable, not adapted - people around the world face these challenges in accessing lifesaving medicines.

During the 1990s, MSF teams made a bitter observation: we were failing to treat some of our patients suffering from infectious diseases, while in developed countries, remarkable progress was being made in the field of health. Two decades on, medicines in developing countries are still either too expensive, aren't suitable to be used in many of the contexts in which we work (for example, in hot, humid conditions or where there's a lack of electricity), or simply don't exist for the diseases we need to treat.

In 1999, we launched the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, now known as the Access Campaign. Its mission focuses on three areas: overcoming barriers to access to essential medicines, stimulating research and development for neglected diseases, promoting health exceptions to global trade agreements.

In 2003, MSF joined several research institutes, including the Institut Pasteur, to create the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a non-profit research and development organisation engaged in research and development of new treatments for neglected diseases.


MSF Access Campaign
MSF collaborates with local NGOs to support vulnerable groups during the Omicron wave in Hong Kong
Epidemics and pandemics

MSF statement on WHO negotiating body meeting on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

Speech 28 Feb 2023
Access to medicines

Lack of a real IP waiver on COVID-19 tools is a disappointing failure for people

Statement 17 Jun 2022
Dilaram, 33, a former TB-PRACTECAL clinical trial patient in Nukus

WHO approves MSF MDR-TB trial regimen, but prices must come down

Press Release 4 May 2022
Northeast Syria COVID-19 | Raqqa Hospital Medical Care
Access to medicines

“Broken” humanitarian COVID-19 vaccine system delays vaccinations

Press Release 27 Apr 2022
Access to medicines

Access to medicines project survey results

Report 29 Sep 2021
Tackling COVID-19 in Lebanon, through prevention and vaccination
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

European Union: more empty promises about global COVID-19 vaccine equity

Project Update 15 Sep 2021
Addressing the ocean of gaps in the treatment of tuberculosis in children and adolescents
Access to medicines

Lifesaving TB medicines still out of reach for children in high-burden countries

Press Release 3 Sep 2021
MSF's clinic in Arsal

Healthcare system in Lebanon disintegrates as political vacuum persists

Project Update 1 Sep 2021
Access to medicines

Countries obstructing COVID-19 patent waiver must allow negotiations to start

Press Release 9 Mar 2021
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