An urgent need exists to significantly increase cross-border assistance and to prioritize this issue in negotiations on humanitarian aid. If the government of Syria remains the sole distribution channel for international humanitarian relief efforts, then millions of Syrians will continue to be deprived of adequate assistance, particularly essential medical services.
Ms. Valerie Amos
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Geneva, December 12, 2013
Dear Ms. Amos,
With this Open Letter, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wishes to express its deep concern about the unacceptable performance of the United Nations humanitarian system in the Central African Republic over the last year.
My life with MSF started in the early nineties in Thailand. MSF was providing medical care in Burmese refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border. Malaria was the main cause of morbidity and mortality among this population. It was resistant to most of the available drugs to the point that young children and pregnant woman had become untreatable. The MSF team was frustrated with this situation—they documented the resistances and looked for alternatives without finding a solution.
MSF calls on all state and non-state parties to the Syrian conflict to make immediate allowance for the delivery of humanitarian aid inside the country commensurate with the massive needs of the Syrian people.
As the next round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations continues in Malaysia, MSF urges negotiating countries to reject provisions that threaten to restrict access to affordable medicines for millions of people.
Rohit Malpani, director of policy and advocacy at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s Access Campaign, provided witness testimony on June 27, 2013, during a U.S. Congressional hearing on India's trade policies.