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May 16 2017


@msf_yemen: @MSF teams in #Yemen are still receiving & treating a growing number of #cholera & acute watery diarrhoea patients.

May 18 2015


doctorswithoutborders [May 12 2015]: Off the coast of North Africa, migrants who were attempting to cross the Mediterranean on an unsafe, overcrowded boat await transfer to the MY Phoenix - where MSF runs an on-board medical clinic. MSF launched this search-and-rescue mission in partnership with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) at the start of May. On May 3, the MSF/MOAS team rescued 369 people aboard a fishing boat. The needs are so great MSF and MOAS launched an additional ship last week.

Tags: MSF Africa

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January 25 2014


doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com (Jan. 22 2014):

Patients with leg wounds - most by bullets - lay in traction in a hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic. MSF is providing care in the only trauma unit in the city and has treated more than 800 patients with bullet and knife wounds since early December. Read more
Tags: MSF Africa CAR

January 09 2014


from doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com (Jan. 7 2014):

“At one point, we operated for 40 hours with only one two-hour break. Then we slept for three hours, and operated for another 12 hours after that.” — Dr. John de Csepel, Doctors Without Borders trauma surgeon in Syria

An MSF surgeon operates on a patient in an inflatable operating theatre set up inside a converted chicken farm in Syria. Photo © Robin Meldrum/MSF

January 07 2014


from doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com (Jan. 7 2014):

“While we are treating an increasing number of patients … many more people cannot even make it to the hospitals … That’s why we want to go beyond our hospital walls and reach out to some of these isolated communities.” — Benoit De Gryse, Doctors Without Borders country representative in Afghanistan

A three-year-old boy and his two-year-old sister injured in a bomb explosion were treated in MSF’s emergency room at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. Photo © Francois Dumont

August 30 2013


Syria: Thousands Suffering Neurotoxic Symptoms Treated in Hospitals Supported by MSF | Doctors Without Borders

“‘MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms nor establish who is responsible for the attack,’ said Dr. Janssens. ‘However, the reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events—characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers—strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent. This would constitute a violation of international humanitarian law, which absolutely prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons.’”
  • Response to Government References to MSF Syria Statement

    On August 24, MSF announced that three hospitals it supplies in Syria’s Damascus governorate had reportedly received 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms, of which 355 died. Although our information indicates mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent, MSF clearly stated that scientific confirmation of the toxic agent was required, and therefore called for an independent investigation to shed light on what would constitute, if confirmed, a massive and unacceptable violation of international humanitarian law.

    MSF also stated that in its role as an independent medical humanitarian organization, it was not in a position to determine responsibility for the event. Now that an investigation is underway by United Nations inspectors, MSF rejects that our statement be used as a substitute for the investigation or as a justification for military action. MSF's sole purpose is to save lives, alleviate the suffering of populations torn by Syrian conflict, and bear witness when confronted with a critical event, in strict compliance with the principles of neutrality and impartiality.

March 13 2012


MSF Treats Disaster Survivors in Northeastern Japan - Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing medical and psychological care to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The national response to the disaster has been massive, so MSF is focussed on meeting the needs of small pockets of the population in remote areas.

February 16 2012


About the Novartis Drop the Case Campaign (msfaccess.org)

Why India is the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’

India is often called the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ because it produces affordable generic versions of medicines that are used the world over. More than 80% of the antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) used by MSF in its HIV/AIDS programmes come from producers of generics based in India, just as 80% of the ARVs purchased with donor funds globally come from India. MSF also relies on Indian generics for malaria and tuberculosis treatments.

India became the key producer of affordable medicines because until 2005, the country did not grant patents on medicines, allowing generic manufacturers to freely produce more affordable versions of medicines patented elsewhere. Fierce competition among producers drove prices down dramatically – whereas ARVs for one person per year cost US$10,000 in 2000, today, they cost just less than one percent of that figure.

India starts granting – and rejecting – patents

India had to start granting patents for medicines in 2005 because of its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. This means that price-busting competition between generic and originator drug producers will be blocked for drugs that receive patents – for example for several newer medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

When designing its patent law, however, India decided that only drugs that show an improved therapeutic effect over existing ones deserve patents. This part of the law – ‘Section 3d’ – intends to prevent companies from continually extending their 20-year drug patents by making minor changes or improvements – a process called ‘evergreening.’ Along these lines, the Indian patent examiner in 2006 rejected the patent that Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis sought for the leukemia drug imatinib mesylate (marketed as Glivec), because it was based on a compound that already existed.

Novartis takes the Indian government to court

In response to its drug patent being rejected, Novartis took the Indian government to court in 2006, not only challenging the rejection of its patent, but also the part of India’s law, Section 3d, that formed the basis of the decision. If Section 3d were overturned, it would mean patenting would become much more widespread in India, severely limiting the production of more affordable generics.

February 09 2012

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Syria: Medicine as a Weapon of Persecution (via YouTube)

“They shoot randomly and indiscriminately on all people, whether it’s an old man, a child, or a woman. Any moving person was a target.”

The Syrian regime is conducting a campaign of unrelenting repression against people wounded in demonstrations and the medical workers trying to treat them. Testimonies from injured people and doctors from across Syria were collected by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff between January 30 and February 6, 2012.

MSF is not authorized to operate inside Syria at present and thus is unable to fully verify the information collected here. However, given the recurring nature, consistency, and severity of the acts described in these testimonies, MSF has decided to make them public.

For security reasons, names and locations have been withheld.

— from doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com

January 27 2012


Libya: Detainees Tortured and Denied Medical Care | Doctors Without Borders

Detainees in the Libyan city of Misrata are being tortured and denied urgent medical care, leading the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to suspend its operations in detention centers in Misrata, MSF announced today.

January 11 2012

MSF is confronting the difficult dilemma of working in a context like Somalia, where the needs are not only extremely great, but the risks are exceptionally high for the safety and security of all staff. As we consider this dilemma, MSF is requesting that all people—especially the authorities in control of areas in Somalia where our kidnapped colleagues are being detained—do everything possible to facilitate the safe release of Blanca and Montserrat.
MSF Condemns Attacks On Aid Workers And Calls For Release Of Abducted Colleagues in Somalia (Doctors Without Borders, Jan. 9 2012)
Tags: MSF Africa
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