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July 29, 2004

July 29, 2004, STEPHEN LEWIS, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa:  I am honored to share this time with all of you. I've never been at such a celebration before. I've spent the last 3 years of my life traveling through Africa, observing the situation of HIV and AIDS, and I've never been at such a moment of triumph, and I congratulate you for it. It will obviously allow me to tell the world what is happening here in Arua. I'm especially happy to be here at the invitation of the Arua Regional Hospital, and Dr. Olaro, and, of course, colleagues from MSF. I am a Canadian. I have watched MSF in many parts of the world and in my own country. In my view, MSF is probably the most principled and impressive nongovernmental organization on the planet, and it is a pleasure they are here.

July 28, 2004

Kabul, 28 July 2004 - With a deep feeling of sadness and anger, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announces today the closure of all medical programs in Afghanistan. MSF is taking this decision in the aftermath of the killing of five MSF aid workers in a deliberate attack on June 2, 2004, when a clearly marked MSF vehicle was ambushed in the northwestern province of Badghis. Five of our colleagues were mercilessly shot in the attack. This targeted killing of five of its aid workers is unprecedented in the history of MSF, which has been delivering medical humanitarian assistance in some of the most violent conflicts around the world over the last 30 years.

July 26, 2004

London/New York, July 26, 2004 - Despite the increased political and media attention being given to the crisis in Darfur, Western Sudan, the international medical relief agency, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says that the desperate condition of the people there is not improving.

July 12, 2004

Bangkok, 12 July 2004 - Treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) is effective, even for patients at advanced stages of the disease living in resource-poor settings, according to new clinical data released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today at the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok. Simplification of treatment, including use of three-in-one fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) of ARVs, has allowed MSF to rapidly scale up its AIDS treatment programs from 1,500 patients in 10 countries to 13,000 patients in 25 countries over two years. But the organization also reported that significant challenges remain, including the lack of affordable second-line drugs and pediatric formulations.

June 21, 2004

Khartoum, June 21, 2004 - After surviving massacres carried out by pro-government militias on their villages, displaced civilians in Darfur, Sudan continue to endure violent attacks and rapes around the areas in which they have gathered and face a devastating shortage of assistance, according to the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Relief operations throughout the region fall far short of the massive needs, and as currently designed will not succeed in preventing an entirely man-made famine from wiping out tens of thousands of lives throughout the region.

June 13, 2004

Kabul, June 13, 2004 - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly rejects allegations that the organization works for the interests of the US or any other governments, as was quoted in BBC and AFP reports. Such allegations are without foundation and show a complete disregard for MSF's medical work on behalf of people in need in Afghanistan over the last 25 years. They further jeopardize the possibilities to provide humanitarian assistance to the population.

June 03, 2004

Kabul/Amsterdam, June 3, 2004 - It is with great sadness that we confirm that five Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff were killed yesterday while traveling on the road between Khairkhana and Qala-I-Naw in Badghis province.

June 03, 2004

Kabul/Amsterdam, June 3, 2004 - The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) deeply mourns the loss of five of its aid workers, who were killed in a brutal attack in Afghanistan yesterday. All five were committed to bringing humanitarian assistance to people in distress.

June 02, 2004

Kabul/Amsterdam, June 2, 2004 - This afternoon five Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) aid workers (three international and two Afghan workers) were killed in an incident in the Badghis region in Afghanistan. No details of how the incident occurred are known. The victims have been transported to the nearest MSF compound in Khairkhana. The killed international MSF workers are a Belgian woman and a Dutch and Norwegian man. The Belgian woman worked as project coordinator, the Dutch man as logistician, and the Norwegian man as doctor. The two Afghan workers, both male, worked as driver and translator.

May 21, 2004

New York/Gaza City, May 21, 2004 - More than 200 families - 1,400 people - have been made homeless and are seeking refuge in schools, mosques and the sports stadium in Rafah, Gaza Strip, according to the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Since mid-May the Israeli army has deliberately destroyed several hundred civilian homes and made thousands of people homeless. As of Friday May 14, some 20 homes had been razed to the ground. By the end of the weekend the number increased to 100. The incursion has left dozens of civilians dead or injured. People often don't have time to flee their homes and those who manage to escape have been fired on. Aid organizations have been urged to intervene because people still in the area fear being buried alive.