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June 22, 2015

In northeast Nigeria’s Borno State, ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army and recurring attacks on civilians have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in search of safety. There are currently more than 1.5 million displaced people in the area, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While most are internally displaced within Nigeria, some 157,000 more have fled to neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon since January 2015.

June 19, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has learned that the Chinese patent office has just denied Gilead Science’s request for a key patent on the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir. This drug, together with other antivirals, is the backbone of several newer, more effective curative treatments for hepatitis C, yet is exorbitantly priced in many countries, restricting access for people who need it. Hepatitis C is a global public health crisis, with at least 150 million people living with the disease, and 350,000-500,000 people die each year from complications of it.

June 17, 2015

Since April 1, 2015, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in the isolated region of Boga, in the Ituri District of Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Orientale Province. MSF aims to improve the quality of care offered to both the local population and displaced people in the region. To this end, the project focuses on reproductive health and the medical and psychological treatment of victims of violence.

June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed.

June 12, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, three of our colleagues lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal. Sandeep Mahat, Jessica Wilford, and Sher Bahadur Karki (Raj) were flying back to Kathmandu after delivering much-needed medical and humanitarian assistance to earthquake-affected villages in Sindhupalchowk district when the accident occurred. We miss them all tremendously.

June 10, 2015

Unsafe abortion is one of the top five causes of maternal mortality, along with post-partum hemorrhage, sepsis, complications from delivery, and hypertensive disorder.

June 10, 2015

In Ivory Coast, years of instability have severely weakened health services and led to a lack of both facilities and trained staff. The dearth of options available to expectant mothers and their babies has resulted in particularly high levels of maternal mortality. In July 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—already working in maternity units in Duékoué and Abobo—opened a program to care for pregnant women and newborns at Katiola Regional Hospital Center (RHC), north of Bouaké.

June 03, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, a helicopter delivering humanitarian aid crashed in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) regrets to confirm the death of three of its staff members in this crash. The team was delivering much-needed medical and humanitarian assistance in Sindhupalchowk district when the accident occurred. MSF extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of our staff, and to those of the pilot of the helicopter, who was also sadly killed.

June 02, 2015

On Sunday, May 31, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams provided emergency psychological support to 18 out of 454 migrants at the port of Augusta who had been rescued at sea after trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend. Seventeen of the passengers brought to Augusta had already died before being rescued due to asphyxiation from inhaling gasoline vapor during an engine breakdown. The 18 who received counseling from MSF’s psychological first-aid team were deeply traumatized by the deaths of their friends and family members during the journey.

June 02, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, a helicopter delivering humanitarian aid crashed in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district.

We can confirm that the flight was chartered by Doctors Withtout Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and we are currently working to confirm the identities of the victims of the crash.

MSF extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of all of the people who lost their lives in this accident.

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