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June 21, 2013

For more than a year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in Darvazeh Ghar, one the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Here, merchants and customers rub shoulders with drug addicts, prostitutes and street children. Obtaining medical care can be difficult for these at-risk populations.

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.

Doctor, psychologist and nurse will travel to affected and isolated areas.

Neglect can be overcome and millions of lives can be saved.