Over three days in December 2008, a total of 420 refugees and migrants made the journey from northern Somalia across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen on dangerously overcrowded smugglers's boats. At least 26 people did not survive.

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Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar. Unable to continue shouldering the primary responsibility for responding to one of Asia’s worst HIV crises, MSF insists that the government of Myanmar and international organizations urgently and rapidly scale-up the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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Photographer Espen Rasmussen spent time with MSF in North Kivu, DRC in October 2008 to document the difficult conditions encountering displaced people affected by conflict, hunger, and disease.

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Gonaïves the fourth largest city in Haiti was seriously affected by the hurricanes and tropical storms, which struck the island from mid August through early September. MSF was able to start operations soon after Tropical Storm Hanna ravaged the town and shortly before Hurricane Ike made landfall. More than a month and a half later, the situation remains difficult for the people of Gonaïves and basic needs still go unanswered.

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In response to chronically high rates of malnutrition in the Northern region of Burkina Faso, MSF launched nutrition programs there in September 2007, in the areas of Titao and Yako. As of June 2008, MSF had treated a total of 13,600 children under five years of age, and 90 percent of them had recovered. Here, MSF staff and parents of malnourished children speak describe the program.

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An MSF team working at an HIV/AIDS project in Nanning was called to respond immediately to the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province. Here, an MSF field coordinator describes what he saw and how MSF helped survivors.

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Thousands of people risk their lives every year to cross the Gulf of Aden to escape from conflict, violence, drought and poverty. During 2007, almost 30,000 took the dangerous voyage to seek relative safety in Yemen. 

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In Bihar, MSF treats people living amid the world’s highest concentration of visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala azar.

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Photojournalist Spencer Platt spent two weeks in December 2007 in Central African Republic, documenting the humanitarian situation and MSF’s work.

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Pediatrician Leo Ho worked in the intensive care unit of the MSF-run Gondama Hospital in the Bo region of Sierra Leone in 2007. During his assignment, Dr. Ho was continually treating the most severe malaria cases: children brought to the hospital who had already fallen into a coma; those who were severely malnourished; or also suffering from tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. “We were just trying to keep them alive,” says Dr. Ho.

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