“Apelo aos representantes da comunidade internacional ao mais alto nível. para que adoptem um objectivo que vise diminuir para metade o número de pessoas que vivem na pobreza absoluta, até 2015.” Kofi Annan, Relatório do Milénio Estatísticas Fundamentais • Mais de 2800 milhões pessoas, perto de metade da população mundial, vivem com menos do equivalente a 2 dólare
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Newsletter pharmaciens sans frontieresNEWSLETTER # 33 – January 2006
PHARMACIENS SANS FRONTIERES COMITE INTERNATIONAL
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Educational initiatives for medical and pharmacy students about drug promotion
This very interesting study points out the limited amount of time and lack of importance allocated to
drug promotion in medical and pharmacy education. And this stands in stark contrast to the large
volume of drug promotion targeting health professionals. Results are based on 228 respondents
from 64 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded that 18 pharmaceutical companies stop
selling “single-drug” artemisinin malaria medicines to prevent malaria parasites from developing
resistance to this drug. Artemisinin should be used only in a cocktail with other drugs and treatment
should be continued for 7 days to prevent resistance occurring.
This is a legitimate concern in view of the fact that malaria is one of the three biggest killer diseases
in the world (between 1 and 2 million deaths per year). If resistance to artemisinin occurs, we will
no longer have an effective cure for malaria.
On the issue of drug resistance, the U.S. health authorities are urging GPs to prescribe Tamiflu and
Relenza only in the most severe and potentially fatal forms of flu. Indeed, 91% of the 120 virus
samples tested in the country this flu season were resistant to the two drugs.
This year, Pharmagora will be held on 1-3 April in Paris (Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles).
At the end of January, the government adopted a law setting the price of 107 generic drugs on the
national list of essential drugs. This is expected to reduce overall costs by 31.5%.
The French subtitled version of the documentary filmed in Indonesia on inappropriate drug
donations is now available and an English subtitled version is being edited.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Christophe Marquet, Head of Operations in Africa, will be in the DRC from 31 January to 16
February to supervise the two programmes currently underway in the country (Katanga and Eastern
Kasai). Jérôme Schell, Logistics Officer, will be there with him from 7-21 February. Their
objectives are to monitor the activities carried out in 2005, meet all partners to outline a
development strategy for the coming years and to evaluate logistics monitoring.
The project to support the Regional Directorate of Public Health in Agadez in implementing its
health development plan has been submitted to donors. The project aims to ensure sustainable
access to quality essential drugs and improved traditional drugs for the 368,229 inhabitants of the
Health Region of Agadez.
Expanding access to quality health care is a major challenge for Niger. Among the key health
indicators in the country, the morbidity and mortality rates (especially among infants, 124‰ and
young children 247‰) are very high and partly attributable to infectious and parasitic diseases
associated with malnutrition in children.
“All has changed from my employment with PSF to today”.
Tom is working as a Peer Leader with Pharmaciens Sans Frontières- CI in Phnom Penh. For three
years, he has written sketches and organised choreographies to disseminate messages on Sexually
Transmitted Infections and HIV prevention. He also trains and supervises a dozen PSFCI staff on
how to conduct education sessions.
This ‘bad guy’ in the past has become an example to his peers and is recognised as a positive
influence on those who know him.
“I did not know my father. He left my mother when I was very young. Then she had another
husband, but he beat me, he was violent. Then at the end of primary school, I left the house and
went to live with the prostitutes.”
Tom still has several tattoos of flames and dragons made during dark and confused times in his past.
“I did that without reason, often under the influence of drug. I used to absorb huge quantities of
drugs during this period: heroin, Yaba (amphetamine) and alcohol. I did crazy things. I slept with
many girls and all the time without condom, it was madness! I made several HIV tests which
fortunately were all negative.”
Today, he does not take drugs anymore. An avid dancer, he has started up a modern dance club and
today about thirty young people take part in his courses.
“I started to dance very young. (…) I was even a ‘trainer’ in the festivals or the marriages.”
The former ‘bad guy’ is now happy:
« I have a family, a formidable woman, a son, a work with PSF ad a dance school with the young
people of the Building. Now I am able to see my future, before there was no future.”
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