Open letter to Médecins Sans Frontières – an urgent call for MSF to continue its critical Access Campaign

Dear Dr Christou

As longtime partners of MSF’s Access Campaign, we are saddened to hear news of its closure. We are concerned about the impact of this decision on global health equity and the people we serve through our work.  

For over 25 years, the Access Campaign has played a pioneering role in enabling the affordability and availability of essential health products in low-resource and conflict-affected settings. The Access Campaign has been a key partner to FIND, especially in advocating for the health needs of vulnerable and marginalized people. Our partnerships with the Campaign have been vital in helping us define diagnostic needs in primary healthcare and community settings, where most people first seek care. The Campaign has also been a key advocate on regional manufacturing for diagnostics, to empower countries to produce their own locally relevant diagnostic products. Our collaborative work with the Campaign has been instrumental in our mission to accelerate equitable access to testing around the world.  

Access to health products for populations in need remains a critical issue in global health. Pervasive inequities in access to medicines, diagnostics, vaccines and other health tools are a barrier to achieving universal health coverage and effective pandemic preparedness. This leaves all of us at risk, but inequitable access will be felt most by marginalized communities. Now, more than ever, we need the Access Campaigns’ wealth of experience and continued partnership to fight for equitable access to life-saving health solutions, for everyone, everywhere.  

We ask that you urgently reconsider the decision to close the Access Campaign, in recognition of calls from the global health community on its vital role in our efforts for global health equity. Now, more than ever, we need to build partnerships and have a strong, united voice dedicated to the principles of equity. Universal health coverage can only be achieved if we address the root causes of inequity in global health emergencies, neglected diseases, and populations for whom the market consistently fails. By working together, as we have with the Access Campaign, we can continue to ensure that healthcare solutions are accessible to all, particularly the most vulnerable, and continue to advance towards a fair and just global health landscape. 

Your sincerely,

Dr Sergio Carmona
Chief Medical Officer, FIND

Dr Marta Fernández Suárez
Chief Technology Officer, FIND