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The open-ended ceasefire agreed on August 26 put an end to 50 days of deadly conflict. Although people appear to be getting on with their lives, nothing has been resolved. They couldn’t escape the bombing and now they can’t go home, even though the guns have been silenced. The return to calm is relative for the many Gaza Strip inhabitants living without water or electricity in over-crowded schools or several families to an apartment.

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Three years of war, 190,000 dead, three million refugees. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witness to the human suffering behind the statistics. The war leaves its mark beyond Syria, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, as physical and psychological wounds scar its refugees. MSF teams deliver medical services to Syrian refugees in these bordering countries. See the Reach of War: http://reachofwar.msf.org/

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CMV retinitis strikes people with HIV and causes blindness if left untreated.

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Since the June 18, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which runs a mental health program in Hebron, has scaled up its activities and is trying to receive as many patients as possible, including children in a state of shock, and people with post-traumatic stress. In the space of one month, the team has carried out over a thousand consultations.

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Since the bombing of the Gaza Strip began on July 7, civilians, unable to flee this narrow piece of land, have been the main victims. Thousands have been injured. The teams at Al-Shifa hospital were overwhelmed and an Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team arrived to provide support ten days after the start of the offensive.

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As the Israeli offensive continues in Gaza, clashes in the West Bank, on top of several weeks of raids and arrests by Israeli forces, are taking a heavy toll on the already fragile psychological well being of Palestinians. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched an emergency response in mid-June and has carried out 1,146 mental health consultations for those affected by the violence since then.

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On January 2, five members of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were abducted in northern Syria and held captive by an armed group for several months. After five months they have been released.

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The World Health Organization published a report on resistance to antibiotics at the end of April. The first of its kind, it sounded the alarm on this insufficiently documented issue where infected wounds won't heal despite treatment. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) had already observed the phenomena, notably in its surgical program in Amman, Jordan where, three quarters of patients from Iraq have infections due to resistant bacteria.

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Since April 2012, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has managed a chronic disease treatment program in Lebanon to meet the desperate needs of Syrian patients who no longer have access to treatment.
 
"Nearly 90 percent of our patients arrive with prior diagnoses of chronic disease—typically hypertension and diabetes," says Dr. Wael Harb, MSF supervisory doctor in the Bekaa Valley. "The condition worsens quickly if they haven't received treatment for weeks."
 
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Every year sees 60,000 more Cambodians infected with tuberculosis. The high prevalence of TB in Cambodia is pushing MSF to innovate.

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