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November 25, 2008
This article is part of the Fall 2008 issue of the MSF Alert newsletter.
MSF Featured in “Battle in Seattle” Film
The film “Battle in Seattle”, which opened in theaters in September, dramatizes MSF’s advocacy effort at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 1999 ministerial meeting in Seattle. While recounting the protests at the WTO meeting, it also describes the actions of Dr. Bernard Pécoul, then director of MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, who urged the WTO to prioritize public health when regulating trade of essential medicines for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and sleeping sickness. The cast includes Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, and Ray Liotta. More information is at battleinseattlemovie.com.
In 2008 Doctors Without Borders Medical Teams Responded to an Unprecedented Number of Crises
This past year has been an extraordinary year for emergency response, and our medical teams plan to continue to respond where the humanitarian needs are greatest in 2009 and beyond. Natural disasters, food crises, and the long-term needs of our patients with HIV/AIDS and other diseases are not going to go away overnight, and we need your support more than ever to continue to deliver live-saving emergency care.
MSF recognizes these are extraordinary economic times. As a strong supporter of MSF’s work, please renew your giving so that we can enter 2009 knowing that the organization can continue our lifesaving work, responding immediately and effectively where people need us the most.
Strengthen Your Commitment
MSF would like to thank all of our donors who have pledged to our Multiyear Initiative. With their annual commitments of $5,000 or more, these generous supporters provide MSF with predictable and sustainable funds, enabling us to respond effectively and rapidly to emergencies around the world and helping us to better plan for the future. To date, we have received pledges totaling $18,716,625 towards the initiative. To find out how you can pledge a gift over a three- to five year period of time, please contact Mary Sexton, director of major gifts, at (212) 655-3781.
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