HIV/AIDS

After a week of unrest in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, in South Africa, people are still feeling the effects of the violence, with many vulnerable communities – particularly informal settlements – reporting difficulties in accessing food and health care. Despite calm returning, health...
On 8 June, Médecins Sans Frontières team in Dawei, Tanintharyi region, received a letter from the regional authorities asking us to suspend all activities. This decision will impact 2,162 people living with HIV under MSF care in Myittar Yeik clinic, who will struggle to access antiretroviral...
The violence and intimidation committed by security forces in Myanmar is creating a climate of fear and disrupting HIV patients' access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment. Ko Tin Maung Shwe is a high-risk patient who has both HIV and hepatitis C. He needs regular consultations to monitor his...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on Myanmar’s de facto military government and other groups to take all steps to ensure people have safe and unhindered access to healthcare regardless of where they seek it. Equally, medical staff must be able to provide life-saving care without attacks,...
Twenty years ago antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV were a rare luxury in South Africa. The rich could buy them for tens of thousands of rands in the private sector. Most had no access to treatment at all. At the time, president Thabo Mbeki and his infamous minister of health Manto Tshabalala-...
Children and teenagers living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to stigmatisation and to the psychological burden of the disease, which often results in them struggling to follow anti-retroviral treatment. In Malawi, Médecins Sans Frontières’ “teen clubs” offer a safe space where younger...
After 26 years as one of Myanmar’s major treatment providers, MSF has now fully handed over its Yangon HIV project to the National AIDS Programme (NAP), under the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS). MSF has worked in Myanmar since 1992 and was the first INGO in the country. In 1994, MSF began...
The only European country facing an armed conflict, Ukraine's healthcare system was already under great strain, especially in the east where sporadic hostilities have left many struggling to access healthcare. The spread of COVID-19 threatens to further overwhelm the country's healthcare capacity...
Esther, an advanced HIV patient interacting with Moses Luhanga, MSF Information Education and Communication Manager. In the picture, Moses is finding out how Esther is feeling. © Isabel Corthier/MSF
Despite having taken huge steps to reduce the prevalence of HIV and the numbers of people dying from it, many people in Malawi still get sick and develop advanced HIV. But a new model of care could help communities spot the symptoms of HIV and speed up the referral process, so that HIV positive...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released findings from a follow-up survey of its community-based HIV/TB project in Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal. It shows that the project has achieved the UNAIDS targets of 90-90-90 1 one year ahead of the 2020 deadline, with results of 90-94-95: 90% of people living with...
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