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The pharmaceutical company Novartis continues to put profits above people by challenging a seven-year old Indian court ruling that, if overturned, would have a devastating effect on access to generic forms of essential medicines, including HIV medications, in the developing world.

#STOPNovartis

Chasing Sleeping Sickness in Central Africa

An MSF team is traveling around isolated villages and regions in central African countries in order to offer treatment and screening for sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease spread by the tsetse fly that can be fatal if it is not treated.

The Long Battle Against TB

Though the number of TB patients is on the rise worldwide—MSF treated some 25,000 cases in 2010 alone—there is still too little access to care and too few new diagnostic tools and medicines.

Maternal Health: An Ongoing Emergency

MSF is providing maternal and emergency obstetric care in more than 30 countries worldwide, but in places where woman cannot access care, some 1,000 die every day due to complications in pregnancy and delivery.

Pakistan: Delivering in the Dark

The next video in MSF’s International Women’s Day series takes us to MSF’s birthing unit in Kuchlak, in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province, to which women travel long distances for crucial care they’d otherwise go without.

View MSF’s International Women’s Day video on Haiti.

View the International Women’s Day video on South Sudan.

South Sudan: Dodging a Double Risk

The second video in MSF’s International Women’s Day series: South Sudan, where decades of conflict have severely curtailed the ability of expecting mothers struggle to find care they urgently need.

View the first video from Haiti: “Madame, here is your baby

Somali Survivor Seeks to Give Back

Civil war destroyed Hussein Magale’s home in Somalia in 1992, when he was around two years old. Forced to flee, he spent the next 16 years in a Kenyan refugee camp.

“I was born in Somalia, raised up in Kenya, now I’m switching over to being an American,” he said.

“(People) live in an open prison, far away from justice and humanity,” Magale said. “They speak, but their voices are never heard.”

Doctors Without Borders eventually came to his camp. So Magale, who speaks three languages, began translating for them.“If they (doctors) were not like that, I wouldn’t have survived,” he said. “Working with them … I understood the power of a medical education.”

Now, he’s a biochemistry sophomore and an aspiring doctor. He translates for the University of Arizona Medical Center’s doctors and assists the Arizona Refugee Connection, which helps people worldwide.

He still has a lot of work ahead of him and medical school is some time away, but his goals for the future are very clear. “When I become a doctor,” he said, ”I’m planning to not only help Somalia or Somali refugees, but anyone who needs it most.”

Learn more on the work of Doctors Without Borders with Somali Refugees.

In case you missed it: “At Any Price?” Event in New York - Part 2 

Medical humanitarian organizations and human rights groups often operate in the same crisis zones but have different aims and approaches to negotiating access. These panelists from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (SIPA) came together for a discussion of the dilemmas faced by both humanitarian and human rights organizations trying to work in crisis zones. How different are the two approaches? Are they compatible on the ground? How are decisions made about establishing projects? And what compromises are acceptable when negotiating access to populations in immediate danger? More information about MSF negotiating access to conflict areas in order to provide non-partisan medical care.



Part 1.

Libya: MSF Suspends Work in Misrata Detention Centers

Doctors Without Borders staff treating patients in Misrata detention centers suspended medical activities when it became clear that the patients were being tortured.

Learn more about the situation in Libya.

For six years the drug company Novartis has refused to back down on its legal case to stop the production of affordable generic medicines in India. MSF, with others, continues its resolute opposition to this attack on life-saving medicines that save millions of lives in developing countries.

Watch this one-minute summary of key events leading up to the Supreme Court case in India on 28 February 2012.


Join in on the action and tweet this line:

Help #MSF protect access to affordable meds, tell @Novartis to drop its case vs #India http://ow.ly/8XPoQ #STOPnovartis

For more information about the case and what actions you can take go here.

What’s at stake with the legal case from the pharmaceutical company Novartis in India? Find out in less than 30 seconds with the video above!

For the past 6 years drug giant Novartis has been pursuing a legal case in India that threatens access to life-saving affordable medicines for millions across the developing world.

As the case now opens before the Indian Supreme Court, join MSF & tell Novartis that people matter more than profits.

Join in on the action and tweet this line:

Help #MSF protect access to affordable meds, tell @Novartis to drop its case vs #India http://ow.ly/8XPoQ #STOPnovartis

For more information about the case and what actions you can take go here.

On the Medical Frontlines: About MSF

This video offers an overview of the activities, philosophy and structure of the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

A story from the video vaults of MSF:

Mouna’s Story: An Iraqi Girl Struggles to Walk Again

Part 1 of a 5 part series

This video series from 2007 follows Mouna, a young girl who suffered severe injuries in Iraq, learning to walk again on artificial limbs with the help of MSF surgeons and physiotherapists in Amman, Jordan. MSF opened the program in 2006 to provide specialized reconstructive surgery to civilians wounded in the conflict.

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of Mouna’s story.

Check out more about MSF’s work in Iraq here.

Al Jazeera hosts a discussion on “Neglected Tropical Diseases” (NTD)

Is private funding of pharmaceutical drugs the only way to ensure access to treatment for the world’s poorest patients?

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“I welcome the continuous donations by the pharmaceutical industry but I would really challenge them to do more in research and development. We know that only one per cent of drugs developed since the mid-1970s have been for all the tropical diseases and Tuberculosis put together, let alone the NTD.”

- Tido von Schoen-Angerer,
the director of the MSF Access Campaign
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Read the corresponding article here.