Kenya: MSF Is Carefully Reviewing Former Patients’ Forced Sterilisation Allegations

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Kenya: MSF Is Carefully Reviewing Former Patients’ Forced Sterilisation Allegations

 

PARIS, France, December 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been notified that four individuals, including three former MSF patients, have filed suit against five health organisations, including MSF, in Kenya. In particular, the former patients allege that they were either sterilised without their consent at third-party Kenyan health structures or felt pressured by staff at MSF’s former Mathare HIV care project to undergo surgical sterilisation to avoid losing access to medical treatment or nutritional support.

“MSF takes these allegations extremely seriously and is reviewing them carefully,” said Dr. Alexandra Vandenbulcke, MSF’s current Medical Coordinator in Nairobi. “As a medical humanitarian aid organisation, MSF is committed to ensuring that all of our patients are fully informed about their medical options and that all of our patients provide full and informed…

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