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NPR reports on this week’s landmark ruling by India’s Supreme Court that means Indian generic drug manufacturers can keep producing affordable medicines for use in developing countries. Learn more about drug patents.

Photo: Supplies being delivered by boat to a mobile sleeping sickness program MSF ran in DRC’s Bandundu Province in 2011. DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum/ MSF.
A Conversation with Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA
What are some priorities for MSF-USA in the coming years?
We want to continue providing a critical amount of resources to the overall MSF movement, providing financial support and supporting human resources with the expertise we can offer, and in areas like communications and advocacy as well. We also want to further strengthen the medical expertise that we provide to operations. This will translate into the development of a new health information system, which will be a very big dossier. We will also continue to provide expertise in areas like antibiotic resistance and neglected tropical diseases. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our care and develop therapeutic or preventive approaches that are more adaptive to the needs in the field.

Photo: Supplies being delivered by boat to a mobile sleeping sickness program MSF ran in DRC’s Bandundu Province in 2011. DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum/ MSF.

A Conversation with Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA

What are some priorities for MSF-USA in the coming years?

We want to continue providing a critical amount of resources to the overall MSF movement, providing financial support and supporting human resources with the expertise we can offer, and in areas like communications and advocacy as well. We also want to further strengthen the medical expertise that we provide to operations. This will translate into the development of a new health information system, which will be a very big dossier. We will also continue to provide expertise in areas like antibiotic resistance and neglected tropical diseases. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our care and develop therapeutic or preventive approaches that are more adaptive to the needs in the field.

US and EU Derailing Ten-year Process to Create Health Research & Development Convention

The US and European Union delegations to the World Health Assembly are currently blocking efforts to move towards a binding convention on health R&D aimed at filling critical medical gaps for people in developing countries. MSF urged the US and European governments, who are leading the developed country effort, to stop obstructing a process that has been 10 years in the making and has broad support from developing countries.

MSF called on developing countries to continue efforts to progress towards a convention. Such a convention would require all governments to contribute financially to support R&D in key priority areas and would crucially separate—or de-link—the cost of R&D from the price of medical products, so that these are made affordable.Photo:The new MenAfriVac vaccine.
2012 © MSF

US and EU Derailing Ten-year Process to Create Health Research & Development Convention

The US and European Union delegations to the World Health Assembly are currently blocking efforts to move towards a binding convention on health R&D aimed at filling critical medical gaps for people in developing countries. MSF urged the US and European governments, who are leading the developed country effort, to stop obstructing a process that has been 10 years in the making and has broad support from developing countries.

MSF called on developing countries to continue efforts to progress towards a convention. Such a convention would require all governments to contribute financially to support R&D in key priority areas and would crucially separate—or de-link—the cost of R&D from the price of medical products, so that these are made affordable.

Photo:The new MenAfriVac vaccine. 2012 © MSF

The US government has long played a leading role in the fight against many of the major global health threats, and medical and operational innovations hold the promise of saving a great many more patients with sustained and increased financial support. Turning back now could cost millions of lives.
Matthew Spitzer, President of the US section of MSF, in The Huffington Post on the real costs of the US government cutting funding for global health programs that account for less than 1 percent of the overall federal budget
According to American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), for every 5 percent reduction in U.S. funding of global health programs, 182,000 people with HIV/AIDS and 2.1 million malaria patients will be left untreated; and millions of children will go without immunization against resurgent diseases like measles that can leave children with pneumonia, blindness, or death. Put another way: A 5 percent cut in US funding for global health is akin to shutting the doors of every MSF hospital and clinic in over 70 countries for an entire year.
Matthew Spitzer, President of the US section of MSF, in The Huffington Post on the real costs of the U.S. government cutting funding for global health programs that account for less than 1 percent of the overall federal budget.

In a nation that provides half of the world’s food assistance, why is substandard food being sent to the poorest corners of earth when the US government has developed an effective program at home to provide quality nutrition to its most vulnerable citizens? Two photojournalists, Antonin Kratochvil and Jessica Dimmock, strikingly capture the hypocrisy of U.S. food policy in this Starved for Attention film.

The Starved for Attention exhibit is in Washington, D.C. today through Sunday. Stop by and check it out at John Marshall Park (Pennsylvania Ave NW and 4th Street NW) and sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story of malnutrition.

2003US Invades Iraq

MSF remains in Baghdad during the initial invasion, providing support to hospitals and clinics in selected cities. Later, MSF challenges the US government both for co-opting some aid agencies into the war effort and also for failing to uphold its responsibilities as an occupying power, as mandated by international humanitarian law, to provide adequate medical assistance to civilians.

Learn more about MSF’s history at our website.

Photo: Iraq 2003 © Kevin Phelan/MSF

2003
US Invades Iraq

MSF remains in Baghdad during the initial invasion, providing support to hospitals and clinics in selected cities. Later, MSF challenges the US government both for co-opting some aid agencies into the war effort and also for failing to uphold its responsibilities as an occupying power, as mandated by international humanitarian law, to provide adequate medical assistance to civilians.

Learn more about MSF’s history at our website.

Photo: Iraq 2003 © Kevin Phelan/MSF

2001US-Led Coalition Invades Afghanistan

Following 9/11, MSF briefly evacuates many members of its international staff from Taliban-held areas, relying on Afghan staff to keep medical programs running in the initial phases of the US-led invasion. By November, however, international staff returns and programs continue.

Learn more about MSF’s history at our website.

Photo: Afghanistan 2001 © Francois Calas/MSF

2001
US-Led Coalition Invades Afghanistan

Following 9/11, MSF briefly evacuates many members of its international staff from Taliban-held areas, relying on Afghan staff to keep medical programs running in the initial phases of the US-led invasion. By November, however, international staff returns and programs continue.

Learn more about MSF’s history at our website.

Photo: Afghanistan 2001 © Francois Calas/MSF

Why does USAID send poor quality food to children overseas when US gives nutritious food to kids at home?

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

Why does USAID send poor quality food to children overseas when US gives nutritious food to kids at home?

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

The access to nutritious, enriching foods that WIC provides to young American children is a stark contrast to the nutritionally devoid blend of fortified flour dumped on starving children outside the country.  

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

The access to nutritious, enriching foods that WIC provides to young American children is a stark contrast to the nutritionally devoid blend of fortified flour dumped on starving children outside the country.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.

From the Starved for Attention film "The U.S. Standard."

USA 2010 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
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Fight the double standard in food quality! SIGN THE PETITION.