October 21, 2015

Traversing the seas off the coast of Papua New Guinea’s Gulf Province can be treacherous. For around five months a year, the South East trade winds—known locally as laura bada—regularly howl at around 30 knots per hour, whipping up huge waves and ensuring many of the small open boats used in these parts remain moored. 

October 13, 2015

The United States, Australia, and Canada are trying to weaken trade rules that exempt least-developed countries (LDCs) from having to implement patents on medicines and vaccines. This exemption, which allows the least developed countries in the world to freely import affordable generic medicines and also to produce medicines locally, expires next year.  

Bangladesh, on behalf of all LDCs, has asked for an exemption to be granted for as long as LDCs are classified as such. Starting October 15, World Trade Organization member states will consider this request.

October 05, 2015

"Today the US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff.

September 28, 2015

A trauma center run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, is treating an influx of wounded patients today. Guilhem Molinie, MSF country representative for Afghanistan, gave the following account:

September 27, 2015

Yesterday, violence erupted again in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, following the killing of a Muslim man during the early morning. In total, 21 deaths have been reported and more than 100 people were wounded, although the real number could be even higher.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in the city’s Mpoko camp, Castor hospital and Hôpital General activated mass casualty plans to cope with an influx of wounded. MSF received 75 wounded patients in all, and the teams stabilized patients and performed 15 surgeries.

September 15, 2015

Traveling by jeep and motorbike, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team is making its way through a remote and insecure region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to screen and treat people suffering from sleeping sickness.

September 03, 2015

Dr. Lisa Searle recently returned from Haiti where she set up a new sexual violence clinic in Port-au-Prince.

August 27, 2015

Attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region of Chad have increased over recent weeks, and military presence in the area has also expanded in response. The number of people who have been forced to flee their homes has more than doubled, bringing the total number of displaced in the area to 75,000. The fear that has been instilled in the population—consisting of refugees from Niger and Nigeria, as well as Chadians themselves—has only been exacerbated by the continuing violence which shows no sign of abating.

July 24, 2015

The worst is at night. The heat emanating from dozens upon dozens of bodies is so stifling it’s palpable.

July 07, 2015

By Jason Cone

Stepping out of a car in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, I was greeted by the stench of urine, feces, and burnt tires—a foul reminder of the near-constant confrontation between Israeli settlers and soldiers on one side, and Palestinians on the other.