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September 24, 2003

Geneva, September 25th 2003 - The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns that thousands of lives could be lost in Africa if donors fail to fund the production of a new meningitis vaccine in the next two weeks. Prompt action is needed to ensure supplies will be available when the next meningitis epidemic season begins in Africa in late 2003 or early 2004. So far, MSF is the only organization to allocate funds (€ 1 million) to purchase the vaccine.

September 23, 2003

UN Members Urged to Hold Russian President Accountable for Resolution of the Case

September 21, 2003

New MSF/WHO report documents successful drug strategies

September 16, 2003

Refugees' free choice should be respected

September 10, 2003

Cancun, September 11, 2003 - A deal on TRIPS and public health reached before this week's World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Cancun is being celebrated as a victory for the WTO. Although the deal professes to make it easier for countries to access less costly generic medicines, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) believes that the complex rules of the agreement may actually hamper access to medicines.

September 08, 2003

MSF addresses UN Security Council on urgent humanitarian needs

August 29, 2003

Geneva, 30 August 2003 - Today's WTO agreement that is ostensibly intended to get drugs to the poorest countries does not provide a workable solution, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Oxfam.

"Today's deal was designed to offer comfort to the US and the Western pharmaceutical industry," said Ellen 't Hoen of MSF. "Unfortunately, it offers little comfort for poor patients. Global patent rules will continue to drive up the price of medicines."

August 27, 2003

New York, August 28, 2003 - Today, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urged countries in the Americas to reject US efforts to strengthen intellectual property (IP) protection beyond global standards in the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations. MSF launched a campaign demanding that IP provisions be removed from the proposed regional trade agreement altogether - a position also advanced publicly by Brazil.

August 26, 2003

New York, August 27, 2003 - Following the unanimous adoption of a resolution on the protection of humanitarian aid workers by the UN Security Council, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) presses Russia to take decisive action in implementing the resolution by securing Arjan Erkel's immediate and safe release. Arjan Erkel, a volunteer for the international medical humanitarian aid organization, has been held hostage in the North Caucasus since his abduction in Dagestan on August 12, 2002.

August 24, 2003

25 August 2003, Geneva - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Oxfam, Health Action International (HAI), Third World Network (TWN) and the Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech)— NGOs long involved in the process over "Paragraph 6" — have acquired new information indicating that the US seeks further restrictions on exports of generic medicines to developing countries. They fear that the recent talks at the WTO TRIPS Council may result in further threats to access to medicines in poor countries.