Medecins Sans Frontieres

This Secret Trade Deal Contains Threats to Public Health

Stephen Cornish | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Business
Stephen Cornish

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is being negotiated in secret, but leaked documents from the negotiations have revealed that the United States is pushing hard for strict intellectual property rules that would protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies at the expense of patients. These rules would extend patent monopolies and delay the introduction of cheaper generic drugs, allowing the big brand-name drug companies to maintain their high prices for longer periods of time. This would put lifesaving medicines out of reach for millions of poor people around the world. It could also lead to higher drug prices here at home.

We Are Failing the People of the Central African Republic

Stephen Cornish | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

With one-million people displaced -- a quarter of CAR's population -- the need for massive humanitarian assistance is obvious. Yet the response has been totally inadequate. While things appear bleak, there is still time. We can't lose hope and abandon the people of CAR, nor lose our empathy and desire to accompany both sides in their hour of need.

What I'll Always Remember From My Cycling Trip Through India

Helen Upperton | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Helen Upperton

Early last month I was on an airplane to Mumbai. As the plane descended, I tried to imagine 20-million people living in a single city. As an Olympian, I'd been to a lot of places in the world, but never anywhere like India. I'd also never travelled the way I was about to: over 230 km by bicycle from Bangalore to Vellore, in three Indian states over rough, dusty roads.

Central African Republic Is Suffering, and the World Looks the Other Way

Stephen Cornish | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

A squalid shanty town has sprung up in Central African Republic's capital, home to scared inhabitants seeking shelter and safety from the violence that has engulfed the city since December 2013. What is the cause of all this suffering? It's complicated. Much of the world has chosen to look the other way. There is little sign of other aid actors in CAR and the UN is perennially understaffed.

Why Don't Wars Get the Same Empathy as Natural Disasters?

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

No sooner had Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever recorded, swept across the Philippines than everyday acts of courage and humanity surged forth in response to its aftermath. With Typhoon Haiyan we have together risen to the occasion. But in Syria, we as an international community are failing the civilian population.

Why Doctors Without Borders Is Upset With Canada

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada is pushing back against a campaign by activists trying to block what they say are onerous intellectual property rules that would raise...

Marriage Proposal From Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

I thought about the last few months. Fatigue, exhaustion, satisfaction, and relief. I felt happy just to have survived. It had been hard on my girlfriend Maeve and me -- but we grew stronger apart in some ways too. She was alone at home with her dog Daisy when I called from my tukul one night and asked her to marry me.

The Ins and Outs of a Doctor Without Borders in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The dry hot season is going out and the cooler rainy season is coming in. Heavy showers have begun to fall and it is a relief for everyone. Starvation will hopefully ease. Yes, death is around us; but moreso, we are surrounded by life and survival. Day-in and day-out, this is the reality of our work here in eastern Chad.

Ali's Had a Cough Since 2006

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Ali is 36 years old and has been coughing for a long time. He has been coughing since at least 2006. I was called because it was suspected that Ali had multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the Chadian Ministry of Health to aid patients like Ali.

The Kindness of Strangers: Helping Women With VVF in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Part of the experience of working with Doctors Without Borders is not just work but also taking a break. The work in the project site is seven days a week most of the time, but then after two months or so, we get a break in the capital city. I can't quite say my RnR was what I had intended.

We Need to Help More Children Live to Be Adults

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The majority of our patients live. But sometimes they do not. Child survival in Chad is a day-to-day struggle. Many survive thanks to low-cost interventions like vaccination, proper nutrition, antibiotics, rehydration, blood transfusion and oxygen. Sadly, these interventions are available to too few.

Two Sisters and a Brother in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Triplets (!) - two sisters and a brother were born a week ago. The sisters were born first and then came the brother. They do not yet have names, but ...

A Canadian Life Spent on Couches Around the World

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Maskarm K. Haile has called the world her "open university." She has traveled the world fulfilling a childhood dream of discovering something "that is bigger than life itself." She experienced the world by traveling as a "couch-surfer." She has discovered that most foreign strangers are no different from the neighbours that are often found in her diverse and multicultural Montreal neighborhood.

Are Aid Groups Misleading Famine Aid Donors?

The Guardian | Tracy McVeigh | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

The head of an international medical charity has called on aid agencies to stop presenting a misleading picture of the famine in Somalia and admit tha...