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January 27, 2015

A brutal stretch of winter has just passed, but Syrian refugees living in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley are still struggling amidst the deplorable living conditions they’ve endured for years now. The season is almost irrelevant at this point. If it’s winter, they must contend with frigid nights and heavy snowfalls that often collapse their flimsy tents. In summer, they’re exposed to extreme, arid heat. Rains at any time bring floods and mud as well. And, regardless of the month, they have little access to the sort of health care so many of them urgently need.

January 20, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are able to access basic health care and emergency referral from medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for the first time in over nine months. Following instructions to MSF Holland to cease activities last February, these primary health clinics restarted on December 17, 2014. 

January 15, 2015

Thousands of IDPs seeking refuge in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq have now settled in Dohuk governorate, where four MSF teams are providing care for the most vulnerable people.

December 19, 2014

The newly formed Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Yemen Emergency Pool (YEP) has conducted a visit to Al Bayda governorate to provide medical consultations as well as non-food items to internally displaced people (IDPs) fleeing the conflict which has been affecting the area for months.

December 08, 2014

Typhoon Hagupit has weakened, and while the level of damage across the Philippines still remains unclear, it does not appear to be as severe as first feared, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission in the Philippines Olivier Aubry said today.

December 07, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have reported strong winds and heavy rains in the city of Tacloban, as Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the city of Dolores in eastern Samar at 9:15 pm Saturday evening. At this stage, the level of damage in Samar is unclear as power and communication were cut across most of the island.

Sources have reported that parts of some barangays, or villages, in northwest Samar are under water, and a few islands in the west of Samar have been washed out.

December 03, 2014

This piece originally appeared in The Express Tribune.

The internally displaced persons in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas have escaped the violence but are confronted with greater challenges.

December 01, 2014

It is 4:00 in the morning.

Awakened by a phone call, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team hurries to the maternity ward. The district of Dasht-e-Barchi in West Kabul is sleeping, but inside the hospital the urgency, anxiety, and excitement are palpable.

November 24, 2014

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma surgery project near Jordan’s border with Syria opened in September 2013 and immediately began saving lives. Since then, the project team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries—many of which were lifesaving—for more than 600 patients. 

“One of our very first critical patients was admitted in September 2013 after he had been caught in an airstrike in southern Syria. He told our medical team ‘let me die, you can’t fix me,’” says MSF Head of Mission Paul Foreman.

November 05, 2014

Nearly 1,700 people receive malaria treatment in Chittagong Hill Tracts, a remote area where the infectious disease is endemic.

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