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Doctors Without Borders Access to Essential Mede cines Campaign

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF), an independent, international humanitarian volunytary NGO delivers emergency medical care in over 85 countries. MSF is sponsoring an Access to Essential Medicines campaign in Europe and uS in 2002/2003. The lack of access to affordable, effective drugs causes millions of people to die each year from treatablew diseases. The campaign's exhibit visits 22 cities in the US and comes to Portland on 25-27 July at Pioneer Courthouse Square,10AM-6PM.
Doctors Without Borders is Coming to Portland!
Access EXPO Exhibit at Pioneer Courthouse Square for Three Days

What: The "Access to Essential Medicines EXPO" Exhibit
An interactive exhibit housed in a 48-foot tractor-trailer. Using photographs and multimedia, the exhibit highlights the need for more research and development into treatments for diseases that affect the world's poor.

When: Thursday, July 25 - Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Events: Film Screening and Discussion: "Your Money or Your Life"
A new documentary on sleeping sickness and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Thursday, July 25, 2002 - 7:00pm
The 5th Avenue Cinema - T: (503) 725-8262 - PSU, 510 South West Hall Street

Information Session - Volunteering with Doctors Without Borders
Friday, July 26, 2002, 2pm - OHSU Hospital, Room 8B60

All events are free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

Imagine you are stricken with a life-threatening disease and your doctor tells you that the medicine you need costs 30 times your annual income. Or that the only treatment available is an arsenic-based drug created 50 years ago. Or that even though newer, more effective drugs exist, they are not available.

This is the reality for millions in the developing world who suffer from infectious diseases. Many of the 14 million deaths from these diseases each year could have been prevented, but the medicines to treat them are too expensive, ineffective, highly toxic, or have gone out of production.

The Access EXPO exhibit profiles five patients from Doctors Without Borders' projects around the world, each with a treatable infectious disease. By putting the visitor in the situation of the patient and offering a "diagnosis" with an experienced Doctors Without Borders medical field volunteer, the exhibit personalizes the need for better access to medical treatment in poor countries.
Come and visit the exhibit.
Meet experienced Doctors Without Borders medical field volunteers and staff.
Join a global movement of concerned citizens who believe that people in developing countries have the right to access to essential medicines.

Information: Amelia Pan at (310) 277-2793 or visit: www.doctorswithoutborders.org


homepage: homepage: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org.events_accessexpo.shtml
phone: phone: (503)226-9604