Dr. Alexandra Calmy, Advisor to MSF's Campaign For Access To Essential Medicines, writes about the progress and challenges of treating pediatric HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings.

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As long as the region of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to be a land coveted by many, death and physical abuse will remain the everyday lot of the civilian population. MSF has decided to extend its activities by initiating projects in Kayna and Rutshuru, two villages recently exposed to violent clashes.

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Four-year old Moussa died the morning after another 18 tons of food aid was unloaded at Maradi's airport. Compounding the grief felt by his family, the boy's father, a poor bean, peanut, and millet farmer from the village of Nyelwa, on the outskirts of Maradi, Niger, had to ask strangers for money so he could transport the body of his dead son home.

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A year ago, five of our colleagues were murdered in Afghanistan. The consequences of this horrific act haunt us still. MSF is no longer present in Afghanistan – the impunity shown towards those responsible makes it impossible for us to work there, despite clear humanitarian and medical needs.

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In the midst of civil society protests and international media attention, the Indian Parliament approved and passed the new Patents Act on March 23, 2005.

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By Christa Hook, head of MSF's international working group on Malaria, and Nathan Ford, head of MSF's Manson unit, which provides support to malaria field programs.

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