Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in more than 60 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

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November 20, 2017

Pfizer does not deserve the patent it was granted in August on its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar13 (PCV13), said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is set to argue tomorrow in the High Court of Delhi that it should be overturned because the patent doesn’t meet the standards laid out in India’s Patents Act.

October 13, 2017

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) filed a petition before the High Court of Delhi today to overturn a patent granted to Pfizer pharmaceutical corporation on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV).

August 22, 2017

Hopes for improved access to an affordable pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) that protects both children and adults from pneumonia was dealt a major blow after the Indian patent office granted a patent to the U.S. pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer.

July 24, 2017

In the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Martissant, MSF is working to improve water quality and protect residents from cholera and mosquito-borne viruses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.

June 26, 2017

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at the White House today, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned that U.S. pressure on India to change its drug regulatory and patent system could result in millions of people in the U.S. and around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines. As an international medical humanitarian organization that relies on affordable generic medicines produced in India to run its medical programs in more than 60 countries, MSF urged Modi to stand strong and protect India’s role as the “pharmacy of the developing world.”

May 22, 2017

Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, trash collection, and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours. 

April 03, 2017

Antibiotic resistance is happening everywhere its been looked for, including in the places where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works. Unlike in wealthier countries, the health systems in these contexts usually don't have the resources to invest in surveillance and prevention efforts.

February 17, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Infectious Diseases Advisor Rupa Kanapathipillai answers questions about how MSF sees the global threat of antibiotic resistance at its projects around the world.

What does antibiotic resistance look like in MSF’s field projects?

I’ll give you an example. MSF runs a reconstructive surgical program in Amman, Jordan, for patients from neighboring countries—Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. They’ve often had multiple surgeries and have received courses of various antibiotics before coming to us.

February 14, 2017

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 14, 2017—Five new challenges against flawed patents on crucial new medicines to treat hepatitis C filed in India and Argentina are the latest in a global push to ensure access to affordable treatment. The patent challenges could remove barriers to production and distribution of affordable generic versions of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines, including sofosbuvir, daclatasvir and velpatasvir, and increase access for millions of people.

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