In Afghanistan, a general can look like an angel of mercy Christopher Scott Acumen, Volume II, Number I In Afghanistan's cities, it might as well be the 19th century; in the countryside, even earlier-at least, in terms of medical care. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan women, children, and infants will die unnecessarily this year. The death of so many seems anachronistic because, while epidemic and starvation are quite possible in this country, they will not, in fact, be the principal cause. The real culprit will be the lack of modern medicine, and that is perhaps the greatest tragedy.

© 2004 National Broadcasting Company, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NEW YORK, NY (FEBRUARY 26, 2004) SHOW: NBC Nightly News DATE: February 26, 2004 TOM BROKAW: NBC News IN DEPTH tonight, the women of Afghanistan and the grave dangers they face during childbirth. Half the women in Afghanistan who die before the age of 49 are lost during childbirth. Ninety percent of the births are at home in primitive conditions.

Issued by: Organizers of the International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (APRIL 14, 2004) — About 450 leading multi-disciplinary researchers, national and international policy makers, patient advocates and clinicians representing nearly 80 countries, gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the second International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2004). Participants reported on the many advances made during the past years and, at the same time, expressed concern over the continued, widespread improper use of medicines.