MSF frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in roughly 70 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

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MSF addresses UN Security Council on urgent humanitarian needs

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monrovia, August 20, 2003 - Fighting in Bong County, northeast of Monrovia, is threatening the safety of 60,000 displaced Liberians living in the Maimu, Totota, and Salala camps just 45 kilometers from the frontline.

"Displaced Liberians in Bong county have already been forced to flee as many as four times in the past two years alone, and now, when their health situation is especially dire, their safety is under threat again," says Pierre Mendiharat, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission in Liberia.

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Brussels, 20 August 2003 - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is shocked and saddened by the deaths of a large number of Iraqi and international staff in yesterday's brutal attack on the United Nations office in Baghdad. We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost relatives and friends. For the many people who were injured, MSF hopes for a speedy and complete recovery.

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One year after Aid Worker's kidnapping, MSF considers the investigation to be a failure, and calls for more action by the Russian authorities tosecure Arjan's safe release.

Moscow/Geneva, August 12, 2003 - It has been one year since Arjan Erkel, a volunteer for the humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was abducted in Makhatchkala, the capital of the Russian Republic of Dagestan. MSF expresses its indignation about Arjan's continued captivity.

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Moscow/New York August 11, 2003 - Chechen civilians continue to face increasing pressure to leave Bella camp, a displaced persons tented settlement that is gradually being emptied in Sleptovskaia, Ingushetia, a Republic of the Russian Federation. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witnessed today that only 930 people remain in the camp. Statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that 3,200 people were living there in January and 1,430 at the end of July.

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Cape Town, 8 August 2003 - The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed with enthusiasm the South African government's announcement that it would roll-out a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan. In a statement issued today, the South African Cabinet instructed the Department of Health to develop a detailed implementation plan by the end of September 2003 that includes the provision of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy in the public sector in South Africa.

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