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From Doctors Without Borders (MSF): Corrective Statement on Inaccurate Information Communicated by Artepharm Global Corp.

Doctors without Borders has contacted MW with the request to inform you about a misleading press release with incorrect information. Contrary to a press release distributed by Artepharm Global Corporation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will not be involved in a malaria eradication project on the Comoros Islands.

MSF has never had the intention to engage in a formal collaboration with Artepharm Global Corporation and finds it unfortunate that the company has communicated factually incorrect information.

Currently MSF has no projects in Comoros Islands.

 

MSF Contact: Guillaume Bonnet, guillaume.bonnet@msf.org

Geneva, 26 July 2010

 

Editor's note: Artepharm has meanwhile removed the press release from their website. This press release, dated 19 July 2010, is attached to this message.

 

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Comments

Submitted by Thomas Crosby on
It's unfortunate that MSF would shy away from such an important project. The eradication of malaria is the only correct method in dealing with this ancient scourge. Simply tring to control flare ups is little more than complacency when we have the ability to move towards eliminating this disease. Starting with islands like the Comoros is a great place to begin this process. In time I would hope the WHO and MSF would embrace such heroic efforts to end a very deadly disease.

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Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on
I very much agree with you, and it is also not clear to me why there was such public withdrawal from WHO and MSF regarding this Chinese project on Moheli. It is high time for daring and bald projects like you suggest, and there are no half-way measures that will yield success. There is, perhaps, more to learn from the Chinese than we think…