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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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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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Watch a series of short videos about some of the current medical activities of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). 
 
Central African Republic: Health Care Amidst the Violence
Chad and Cameroon: Exodus of Central Africans
Tuberculosis: Hope for Drug-Resistant Patients
Displaced Women: A Double Challenge
Afghanistan: Between Rhetoric and Reality

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After more than a decade of international aid and investment, access to basic and emergency medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited and ill-adapted to meet growing needs created by the ongoing conflict. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released a report: The Ongoing Struggle to Access Health Care in Afghanistan

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical staff delivered more than 33,500 babies in 2013 in it projects in Khost, Helmand, and Kabul, Afghanistan. MSF has released a report: The Ongoing Struggle to Access Health Care in Afghanistan.

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Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing more than 5,000 people and displacing more than four million, wiping out homes, hospitals, and infrastructure. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing medical and mental health care, focusing on the most remote parts of the country, for the last three months in inflatable and tented hospitals and through mobile clinics, reaching isolated communities by air, land, and sea.

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Years of conflict has had serious consequences on the availability and accessibility of health care in some of Afghanistan's provinces, with women and children often the most vulnerable. The specialized maternity hospital opened by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Khost provides a safe and healthy environment for women to deliver their babies free of charge, and to particularly assist in complicated deliveries in order to help reduce the high maternal mortality rate in the area.

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Tanauan, a small town of 50,000 inhabitants located 12 miles south of Tacloban, is one of the worst-affected areas in the Philippines. Some 95 percent of the houses were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan and the population has only received minimal aid since. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Tanauan Tuesday and is running a medical clinic.

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CEBU, Philippines-Logistical challenges have slowed the relief response in the Philippines, but Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is there and is treating patients.

"Now we are more worried about communities that are farther away," said Dr. Natasha Reyes, MSF emergency coordinator. 

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