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September 24 2013

KEI opening statement at WIPO General Assembly | Knowledge Ecology International

KEI opening statement at WIPO General Assembly | Knowledge Ecology International

According to the WHO, 7.6 million people worldwide died from cancer in 2008 and more approximately 70% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries — more than 5 million deaths per year in developing countries from cancer.
KEI notes that there have been attacks on India, in its efforts to expand access to patented cancer drugs.
History will not look kindly on those who contribute to medical #apartheid, as regards #cancer and other deadly illnesses.

#santé #brevets

July 23 2013

Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People's Mistrust -

Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust -

Pourquoi l’UNICEF et l’OMS n’ont pas réagi au scandale de l’utilisation par le régime étasunien de la campagne de vaccination pour traquer OBL.

In the middle of last year, it became known that in 2011, the C.I.A. had paid a local doctor to try to get DNA samples from children inside an Abbottabad compound to prove they were related to Bin Laden. Even though the doctor, Shakil Afridi, who is now serving a 33-year sentence for treason, was offering a hepatitis vaccine, anger turned against polio drops. Leaders of the polio eradication effort could not have been more frustrated. They were already fighting new rumors that vaccinators were helping set drone targets because they have practices like marking homes with chalk so that follow-up teams can find them. Now, after years of reassuring nervous families that the teams were not part of a C.I.A. plot, here was proof that one was. “It was a huge, stupid mistake,” Dr. Bhutta said. Anger deepened when American lawmakers called Dr. Afridi a hero and threatened to cut off aid if he was not released.

The W.H.O. and the Unicef, afraid of offending the United States, did not protest publicly. Unicef’s executive director, Anthony Lake, is a former White House national security adviser, which put the agency in an awkward position, an agency official said on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue."

June 29 2013

Exclusive : After Nestlé, now breast milk scandal strikes Aptamil manufacturer Danone

Exclusive: After Nestlé, now breast milk scandal strikes Aptamil manufacturer Danone

The multi-national food giant Danone has been accused of misleading mothers with a marketing campaign that warned they might not be providing enough breast milk to their babies. The company suggested mothers use its powdered baby milk to make up any shortfall.

Danone says it based its advice on WHO guidance, and claims that both the WHO and the UN agency Unicef endorsed the campaign. But the WHO has demanded that Danone stop using its name and logo while Unicef has denied endorsing the company's actions.

#alimentation #santé #marketing

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