Country/Region

September 17, 2012

A food crisis is affecting an estimated 18 million people across Africa's Sahel region right now, including in Niger, where four million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition, with at least one million at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition. At the same time, 80 percent of children who come to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinics in Niger test positive for malaria. MSF is trying to reach those who need help the most.

September 11, 2012

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis heads to the Indian Supreme Court today in New Delhi, in a final bid to undermine a key public health safeguard in Indian patent law specifically designed to prevent drug companies from abusive patenting practices that keep medicine prices high. If successful, the move would have a devastating impact on access to essential medicines across the developing world, according to the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which relies on affordable generic drugs produced in India to carry out its work in 68 countries.  For more information, visit www.msfaccess.org/stopnovartis

September 10, 2012

Francis Gatluak was one of the first people MSF ever treated for the disease kala azar. After he was cured, he stayed on with MSF to learn how to treat others. Today, 23 years later, Francis continues to work with MSF as a nurse.

August 15, 2012

This month, we focus on HIV/AIDS treatment in Zimbabwe, malaria in a remote region of DRC, assistance to Congolese refugees in Uganda, child malnutrition in Burkina Faso, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan's refugee camps.

August 10, 2012

In August 2011, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a 70-bed emergency trauma center in Kunduz, a city of 250,000 people in the north of Afghanistan. It's the only hospital of its kind in the region, and, like all MSF hospitals, no guns are allowed, and treatment is free. Patients arrive here every day, and with a variety of injuries.

July 31, 2012

MSF joined thousands of protesters at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, calling for governments and pharmaceutical companies to halt policies and practices that hamper access to medicines. 

July 27, 2012

A mother brings her young daughter to the only free burn care unit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which is run by MSF. Many people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still living in tent settlements. Others have rudimentary housing with no facilities or services. It presents the perfects conditions for fires and domestic burn accidents - the victims of which are most often children. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

July 27, 2012

Mirlanda's strength and family support have made her a survivor; MSF medical care has been crucial to her pulling through. When she was 10, Mirlanda lost one of her legs due to the 2010 earthquake. She spent a year and a half in surgeries, recovery, and physiotherapy at MSF’s temporary tent hospital. Today she is a bright and upbeat young girl who looks ahead to the future, but she and her family must live with the effects of the past. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

July 27, 2012

Musical “animators” at MSF’s Drouillard Hospital in Port-au-Prince can play a key role in getting traumatized patients to open up and talk to counselors. MSF psychologists say that patients are often suffering from “accumulated trauma” - the trauma that brings them into the hospital is only the latest in a series of losses and injuries stemming from the earthquake, the ongoing cholera epidemic, and the violence that has long haunted the country. This makes mental health care extremely important; MSF offers group therapy and one-on-one counseling at Drouillard Hospital. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

July 14, 2012

This video, from the PBS Blog "The Rundown," describes the plight of thousands of Sudanese refugees who fled violence in Blue Nile State only to face a humanitarian crisis in overcrowded camps in South Sudan. 

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