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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.

March 11, 2013

Few children at the pediatric tuberculosis hospital in Dushanbe look as active and healthy as Shirinmo*. The little girl is bright and busy as she crawls across the waiting room floor. But get closer and you can hear that her breath comes in gasps and has a rattling sound. The devastating diagnosis: the nine-month-old is suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a disease that spreads easily and, if left untreated, kills.

People need treatment without fear

No information, no access for family or lawyer

Saeed Mahdi is in good health and faces no charges

Patient missing, staff member detained and medical materials confiscated

Many injured avoiding public hospitals for fear of arrest

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.