Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Ethiopia: disagreement over Malaria treatment

Another story involving Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)...

There is a serious Malaria outbreak in Ethiopia, affecting an estimated 15 million people. MSF has criticized the Ethiopian government for its choice of anti-malarial drugs (you can find the details here, a NY Times article reproduced on the MSF site).

Ethiopia's Health Minister has now lashed back at MSF, saying it's inappropriate to call for new treatment in the middle of an epidemic ... and that the current treatment regimen is working.

I'm sure this is not the end of it.