Country/Region

January 27, 2016

A nervous calm prevails as the Central African Republic (CAR) awaits the final round of presidential elections, due to take place in early February. Renewed outbreaks of intercommunal violence have kept the population on edge in recent months, with many fearing that tensions could flare anew at any moment. The worsening security situation has also crushed hopes of returning home for some 450,000 people who were displaced internally by violence, along with a similar number of refugees who fled to neighboring countries.

January 22, 2016

At roughly 4 p.m. local time on January 21, an airstrike hit the ambulance service of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported Al Gomhoury Hospital in Yemen’s Saada governorate, killing one Ministry of Health (MOH) staff member.

January 20, 2016

Today Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announces the closure of its project in Mweso, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after armed actors attacked one of our convoys and abducted two of our staff members from December 15 to 16, 2015.

January 19, 2016

On Saturday, January 16, after five months of intense negotiations with officials, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was able to get a delivery of two trucks full of essential medical supplies into the besieged area of the city of Taiz, in southern Yemen.

Checkpoints and intense fighting have hampered humanitarian aid from reaching the besieged enclave since August 2015, which was the last time that hospitals in the area received medical supplies in any quantity. Severe shortages meant that wound care and surgery had to be stopped on a number of occasions.

January 17, 2016

A patient critically injured last week in a projectile strike on a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontierès (MSF) in northern Yemen died Saturday night, raising the total number of people killed in the attack to six.

The blast that hit the Shiara hospital in Razeh on January 10, in northern Yemen, initially killed five people and injured eight, two of them critically. While those critically wounded were transferred to an intensive care unit in Saada, the rest were treated on the premises of the hospital in Razeh. 

January 15, 2016

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health announced on Friday, January 15, that a new case of Ebola has been confirmed. While disappointing—particularly only one day after West Africa was declared Ebola-free—occasional flare-ups of the virus were always a possibility.

January 13, 2016

MSF began work today on a new site for refugees in the northern French community of Grande-Synthe.

January 06, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is poised to take action in the face of the authorities’ failure to do so by offering decent living conditions to some 2,500 refugees in Grande-Synthe, northern France. Time is of the essence. With the onset of winter and rain, the refugees—mostly Kurds from Iraq, Iran, and Syria—continue to live ankle-deep in mud in a flood-prone camp near Dunkirk.

January 06, 2016

On the evening of December 27, Islamist militants launched a large-scale attack in Maiduguri, the capital of northern Nigeria's Borno State; a wave of suicide bombings were carried out the following day as well. Responding to the high numbers of people wounded in these attacks, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team working in Umaru Shehu Hospital in Maiduguri began performing trauma surgery and treated about 40 patients, including seven critical cases, over three days.

January 05, 2016

After eight months at sea, 20,129 people rescued, and more than 120 separate search-and-rescue operations, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue ship Bourbon Argos returned to port for the last time in 2015 on December 30. As winter conditions have reduced the number of people crossing the central Mediterranean, MSF has gauged that there are currently enough assets to deal with existing needs during the winter season.

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