Out of Focus in West & Central Africa
In West and Central Africa millions of people living with HIV continue to suffer needlessly and die silently because they are being left out of the global HIV response.
MSF’s ‘Out of Focus’ report explores the causes of the treatment gap in a vast region comprising 25 countries, with detailed case studies on three contexts: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea. Here the needs remain enormous with three out of four people in need not accessing HIV care – that’s five million out of the 15 million new people worldwide who should be started on treatment by 2020.
Fight against HIV is doomed to fail without urgent focus on West and Central Africa. UN agencies, European donor agencies, the Global Fund and PEPFAR, as well as affected governments and civil society must develop and implement a fast-track plan to scale-up life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART).