Friday, July 15, 2011

First, do no harm: MSF criticizes CIA's alleged fake immunization programme

Médecins Sans Frontières is challenging the CIA for allegedly using a fake vaccination programme for counter-terrorism purposes, saying it constitutes "a grave manipulation of the medical act". "The risk is that vulnerable communities – anywhere – needing access to essential health services will understandably question the true motivation of medical workers and humanitarian aid," said Unni Karunakara, MSF's international president. "The potential consequence is that even basic healthcare, including vaccination, does not reach those who need it most."

To read MSF’s full press release, click here.
For commentary from the Centre for Global Development, click here.
For background from the Guardian, click here.