Public Health

A disaster in the making

Print edition : September 02, 2016

At a rally MSF organised on April 27 in front of Pfizer’s headquarters in New York demanding a lower price for the drug major's life-saving pneumonia vaccine. Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP

MSF staff members in a hospital in Monrovia on August 21, 2014, where Ebola patients are treated. Diseases such as Ebola and Zika remain neglected as they do not offer pharma companies lucrative rewards. Photo: ZOOM DOSSO/AFP

The MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 16, 2015. It was hit by a U.S. air strike earlier in the month. Working in conflict zones has placed MSF personnel in harm's way. Photo: Najim Rahim/AP

Medecins Sans Frontieres warns that the free or regional trade agreements that are being negotiated, which seek to strengthen current patent regimes, are a potential threat to the developing world’s access to life-saving drugs, which it sources mostly from India.
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