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September 03, 2015

On September 2, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos—together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)—rescued 1,658 people, making it MSF’s busiest day on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began in May. In six separate rescue operations, the three search and rescue vessels brought on board people primarily from Eritrea, Nigeria, and Somalia, including 547 women and 199 children, toddlers and babies among them.

August 21, 2015

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team operating in the Idomeni area on the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece today received ten people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian border troops. The area is currently in a state of chaos, with 3,000 migrants and refugees being violently prevented from crossing the border by Macedonian troops. Tear gas has been used to disperse crowds, and there is widespread fear, panic, and frustration among the refugees.

August 12, 2015

In July, more than 7,000 refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants fleeing war and privation in their home countries arrived to the Greek island of Kos, a two-fold increase compared to June. In the absence of proper reception facilities, most have had no choice but to put up tents in public parks and squares in town; or sleep outside, near the police station, without any access to latrines or showers. Food has not been provided to migrants and refugees since April. Though plenty of land is available, no facilities have been opened to shelter them.

August 11, 2015

Police are evicting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from public areas on the Greek island of Kos and directing them into an ill-equipped stadium, exacerbating conditions for thousands of people fleeing war zones, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

July 17, 2015

Italian authorities have refused to allow a search and rescue ship operated by MSF to disembark almost 700 people in Sicily.

July 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says a new combination of drugs created to treat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is having a significant impact on a group of patients in the midst of a two-year treatment to cure their disease.

In 2013, an MSF team in Grozny noticed that a growing number of patients with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) were not responding to second-line drugs, and there was no alternative medication available in the country to help them.

July 07, 2015

During the last week, the number of migrants and refugees stranded in the shrubby forests around the village of Idomeni on the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) increased tenfold. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical consultations, psychological support, and relief items, and is now also planning to reinforce its activities in the area by launching an additional mobile team.

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 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.

April 21, 2015

Medical needs remain urgent for both residents and people displaced by conflict on both sides of the front line in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian health workers have left rebel-held areas, leaving thousands of people in remote villages without access to adequate health care. Many medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and there are critical shortages of both basic and specialized medicines and supplies.

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