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March 25, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been forced to cancel a conference on medical ethics due to take place in Bahrain in April, because of a lack of assurances from authorities, MSF announced today. The conference was to be held in the Bahraini capital, Manama, April 10 and 11.

The Executive Board of UNITAID, the international health financing agency, will meet Dec. 14-15 in Geneva to decide on the future direction of the Patent Pool for AIDS medicines. International medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned that a number of pharmaceutical companies are seeking to exclude developing countries categorized as ‘middle-income’ from benefiting from medicines made under licence from the Pool.  If these companies are successful, people living with HIV/AIDS will be made to pay the price.

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The international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),  Dr. Unni Karunakara, met yesterday in Geneva with a Bahraini parliamentary delegation that included the Minister of Human Rights, Dr .Salah Bin Ali Abdularahman Dr. Karunakara raised issues related to the need for impartial access to healthcare in Bahrain, and the obligation of medical staff to provide healthcare regardless of patients’ political or sectarian affiliations.