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October 14, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treats wounded patients from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen in its hospital in Amman, Jordan. Since the project began eight years ago, doctors have been treating people suffering from infections that are resistant to one or several antibiotics. Today, half of all patients arriving at the hospital already have multi-drug resistant bacteria, and it is posing a serious threat to public health in the region.

October 14, 2014

As the fighting continues to rage in Iraq, 1.8 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Humanitarian aid efforts are insufficient and come nowhere near to covering people’s most basic needs. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sees two kinds of displaced people: those who have managed to escape to a region of Kurdistan unaffected by the fighting, and those trapped in dangerous areas like the provinces of Anbar and Kirkuk.

October 14, 2014

 

A study on the prevention of childhood malnutrition has just been published. Conducted by Epicentre, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) epidemiological research center, the study asks what works best, nutritious supplementary foods or cash? Aid agencies looking to prevent severe acute malnutrition in young children opt for one or the other.

October 06, 2014

 

Chagas disease is a parasitic illness transmitted by the bite of the vinchuca bug; it is found almost exclusively in the Americas. Without treatment, Chagas can eventually progress to fatally damaging the heart, and the nervous and digestive systems. A neglected disease, many people never learn that they have Chagas. Those who do face onerous treatment - there has been little research and development for better drugs.

September 15, 2014

 

Four members of MSF—Chantal, Philippe, Richard and Romy—were abducted in North Kivu on July 11th 2013. One year on, Chantal managed to escape and is now safely back home with her family.

September 15, 2014

 

In a speech to the United Nations member states at the beginning of September, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International President Joanne Liu cited the failure of the current strategy for combatting Ebola. No organization is equipped to deal with for the explosion in the number of cases, the dozens of infected health workers, and collapse of the affected countries’ health systems.

September 15, 2014

 

A camp in a lake, a flooded hospital, and huts under water. With the onset of the rainy season, the tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Lietchuor, Ethiopia, are even more vulnerable. This was Lietchuor refugee camp at the end of August—a lake of half-submerged huts. Water stagnates on the flat, bare terrain, making the camp uninhabitable for the 36,000 refugees during the rainy season. The only dry area is alongside the road running through the camp.

September 15, 2014

 

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.

September 15, 2014

 

Doctors working in refugee camps know all too well that epidemics spread rapidly in settings like these and that more emergency immunization campaigns are needed to prevent them. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wants to make pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), which can prevent deadly diseases, systematically available in emergency settings.

September 15, 2014

At MSF's treatment center in Foya, Liberia, its hard to believe 11-year-old Mamadee was an Ebola patient.

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