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Aid doctor’s views inaccurate. The Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim, refutes criticisms politicians are uninterested in crises in countries not covered by the Norwegian media. In yesterday’s interview on The Foreigner, Dr Morten Rostrup of Leger Uten Grenser, the Norwegian arm of Médecins Sans Frontières, censured the press and officials for their shortsightedness. “Basically, the media only reports on these [countries] if either Norway or Norwegians are involved, which also leads to no political interest,” he said.

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Aid doctor’s views inaccurate

Published on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011 at 16:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim, refutes criticisms politicians are uninterested in crises in countries not covered by the Norwegian media.

Erik Solheim
Erik Solheim
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In yesterday’s interview on The Foreigner, Dr Morten Rostrup of Leger Uten Grenser, the Norwegian arm of Médecins Sans Frontières, censured the press and officials for their shortsightedness.

“Basically, the media only reports on these [countries] if either Norway or Norwegians are involved, which also leads to no political interest,” he said.

In an email today, Minister Solheim writes, “It is immensely important to keep focus on the many crises that we hear nothing about in the media. They are the most difficult to raise money to.

“Norway is one of the best countries in the world in supporting victims of crises, even when the media’s spotlight isn’t there. One example is the current drought in the Horn of Africa. We provided around NOK 200 million earlier this year to the main humanitarian actors on the Horn of Africa. Half a year later media is finally covering the disastrous conditions in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Norway has also for several years contributed to the efforts to reduce vulnerability before a crisis breaks.

“The poorest are always hit the hardest in crises and catastrophes. Norway works rigorously to prevent children and mothers from dying by, for instance, supporting lifesaving vaccines. We are committed to the fight against HIV and AIDS. In fact, we have just increased our support to the work against [these – HIV/AIDS – as well as] malaria and tuberculosis. We also support several health projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, maybe one of the world’s toughest places to be a woman. Norway is also one of the key donors to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The fund allows the UN to react quickly in acute crises with lifesaving help.”



Published on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011 at 16:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: eriksolheim, mortenrostrup, legerutengrenser.





  
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