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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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.

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 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 29, 2004

Arua, Uganda, 29 July 2004 - The Arua Hospital AIDS Program today commemorated two years of providing free access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for nearly 1,100 people living with HIV/AIDS in Arua, a rural region in northwestern Uganda. The community celebration included dramatic performances as well as visits by Jim Muhwezi, Minister of Health of Uganda, Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, and others. A partnership between the Arua Regional Referral Hospital and the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Arua Hospital AIDS Program also marked the occasion by releasing a clinical monitoring report showing how well patients are responding to ARV therapy and pointing to the urgent need for expansion of access to free ARV treatment in Uganda.

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.

September 07, 2004

September 7, 2004 - A team from MSF delivered emergency medical supplies to the health authorities in Beslan, North Ossetia. At the beginning of the hostage crisis, MSF contacted the health ministry to offer support and quickly supplied a number of items, including four medical kits containing dressing materials, endotracheal tubes, catheters, iv fluids, and other materials.

September 22, 2004

Port-au-Prince, September 22, 2004 - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has mobilized to assist people overwhelmed by severe flooding in the city of Gonaives, on Haiti's northwest coast.

September 27, 2004

New York, September 27, 2004 - Epidemiological surveys newly completed by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Darfur, Sudan, reveal that the overall level and quality of aid remains insufficient. In Kalma camp near Nyala, where an estimated 66,000 people fleeing violence have sought shelter and where MSF is treating 3,900 malnourished children, the survey found malnutrition and mortality rates well above emergency levels. MSF warns that without increased mobilization of aid to South Darfur, the health and nutritional situations in the region could deteriorate further.

October 12, 2004

Gaza Strip, October 12, 2004 - The independent humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to call on Israeli authorities today to allow the group access to its patients in the Gaza Strip. Despite multiple daily requests, MSF's teams have been denied the ability to reach the families in their care since September 28, 2004 when Israeli Defense Forces began "Operation Days of Penitence" which has divided Gaza into three parts.

October 26, 2004

Paris/New York, October 26, 2004 - On the eve of the 35th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris organized by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), the humanitarian medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns that millions of individuals in developing countries continue to die from this curable disease and that a radical change is needed in the way TB is tackled globally.

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