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Doctors Without Borders and Humanitarian Negotiations

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Michael Neuman explores the practical realities of conducting humanitarian negotiations in complex situations. He’s the editor of Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience, published on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals, and the political arrangements that overcame (or failed to) this resistance.

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Comments [2]

Wairimu Gitau from Ottawa

I am a Kenya currently studying in Canada. When my mother was first diagnosed with HIV/Aids in 2002, we all went into denial. The stigma and discrimination was rampant and the ARV's were too expensive for us.

Thanks to MSF, my mother is alive, beautiful, strong, how can I best describe it! Alive and Kicking. There was not only the treatment, there was the nutrition and support group services.

My mother is now a community health worker in Mathare slum. MSF runs a clinic near this slum called the Blue House clinic, and yes, you thought right, it is painted blue.

The end, in some circumstances, justifies the end.

Happy 40th anniversary MSF.

Wairimu Gitau

Jan. 31 2012 06:02 PM
William from Manhattan

How does MSF obtain the medicines it administers to patients in impoverished and war-torn countries? I imagine this can be expensive.

Jan. 31 2012 12:25 PM

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