The SUB installation: About Access to Essential Medicines

About the Campaign
One of the main advocacy campaigns run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders today is the Access to Essential Medicines Campaign.

In the field, MSF doctors are constantly frustrated by the lack of adequate medical tools to give quality care to the patients we treat. In response, Médecins Sans Frontières set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics, vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works.

From the start MSF faced two major challenges – the high cost of existing medicines and the absence of treatments for many of the diseases affecting our patients. MSF’s response has been on the one hand to challenge the high costs of existing drugs or outdated treatment policies. On the other hand the organisation has worked to stimulate research into new medicines for neglected diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness and malaria.

MSF UBC is committed to spreading awareness about MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines. We believe that healthcare is a basic human right, and should be globally accessible.

For more information, please see:

World Aids Day and the Access to Essential Medicines
For World Aids Day, our instalment outside the SUB will challenge the existing high prices of Anti Retro Viral drugs (ARV’s) that make treatment so inaccessible in areas worst affected by the disease.

Canada made the pledge to send affordable ARV’s to developing countries. However, red tape has made exporting low-cost medicines inefficient.

SIGN THE POSTCARDS! They go straight to the Canadian Government, and will ask Stephen Harper to remove the red tape in Canada’s law on exporting lower-cost medicines!

Watch out for GIANT RING model that makes a statement about essential medicines!


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