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E-drug: Support the struggle for medicines in South Africa
Dear e-druggers,

URGENT DEADLINE: Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) asks you to support South
Africa's efforts to make essential medicines more accessible to its people by
signing the global "Drop the Case" petition at 
http://www.accessmed-msf.org by April 15.

The petition calls on 39 pharmaceutical companies to drop their lawsuit against
the South African government.  The lawsuit is blocking the implementation of
legislation that aims to improve access to essential medicines by making drugs
more affordable.

With over four million already infected with HIV, South Africa has the highest
number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world.  Very few can afford the
treatment that has extended and improved the lives of people in richer
countries.  High prices are effectively denying medicines to poor patients,
condemning them to a premature death.

MSF asks you to visit our website at http://www.accessmed-msf.org to 
sign the petition and demonstrate your support.  The site also has 
further information about the case.

MSF is working with organisations around the world to try to collect as many
signatures as possible by mid-April, when the case resumes in court.  We will
then present the signatures to the 39 drug companies and to governments.

Please help us by forwarding this message to other concerned people or
organisations that you know.

Thank you very much,
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Access to Essential Medicines Campaign

Interested organisations can also contact me for more information, details
Suerie Moon
Access to Essential Medicines Campaign
MÈdecins Sans FrontiËres (MSF)
rue du Lac 12
CP 6090
1207 Geneva
tel: +41 (22) 849 84 01
fax: +41 (22) 849 84 04
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