Kinshasa, DRC: HIV-positive people wait until ‘death’s door before coming to receive treatment

The battle against advanced HIV: No time to lose

“No time to lose”: Rapid tests at local clinics desperately needed to prevent aids deaths

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to die from advanced HIV, also known as AIDS, because countries are still ill-equipped to detect and treat people suffering through advanced stages of the disease, according to a new report released today by medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Delays in responding quickly to treatment failures and interruptions jeopardise recent progress in reducing HIV deaths.

Myanmar: Clinic closure marks milestone for HIV treatment

Mozambique: "We cannot abandon them" - Treating HIV in a cyclone-devastated city

When Cyclone Idai struck the port city of Beira in Mozambique on 15 March, it damaged or destroyed buildings and infrastructure and ripped the roofs off most health centres, rendering many completely unusable. 

Malawi: The sex workers on the frontlines of the HIV response

Innovation: A new approach to preventing HIV in Kimbi

In Kimbi, DRC, sex workers are keen to protect themselves from HIV. But having enough condoms, and persuading every client to wear one, can be a challenge. Dr Charles Ssonko describes an innovative project aiming to make a difference...

India: "A better approach is to observe and learn in the beginning"

Kayla Dawson is a Canadian mental health specialist on assignment with MSF in India. She blogs about her first impressions in India...

The first few weeks in India were a whirlwind. I arrived in Delhi in the middle of the night, and have several briefings in a highly jetlagged state over several days. It turns out that there are quite a few Canadian field workers in projects in India (I believe 5-6, including myself) and was happy to connect with one during my time in Delhi.

HIV positive children in DRC: A painful invisible journey

There are an estimated 51,000 children potentially living with HIV in DRC, but only 34 % of them are receiving treatment. Since 2002, MSF’s HIV project in Kinshasa provides testing, treatment and psychosocial support for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as advocate for an improved HIV response in the country. By February 2019, 370 children living with HIV were also being followed on an outpatient basis by MSF’s HIV project.

Innovation: Civil war, communities and HIV

Charles Ssonko is a HIV/TB advisor based in the Manson Unit – a specialist medical innovation team – at MSF UK. As part of his work in the Central African Republic, Charles blogs about a series of innovative groups that have empowered HIV patients even in times of conflict.