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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.

Turkmenistan’s outward show of health and prosperity to the international community is masking a dangerous public health situation as the existence of infectious disease is denied, medical data is systemically manipulated and international standards and protocols are rarely applied in practice according to the experience of the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as detailed in a new report published this week.

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.