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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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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a clinic inside this camp sheltering 12,400 Syrian refugees in northern Iraq in September. MSF teams provided nearly 4,000 consultations in October, a third of them for children. As winter sets in MSF is even more concerned about the refugees' health.

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In Gaza, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides post-operative care to people injured in burn accidents. Generators and poor quality gas cylinders are the cause of many serious accidents in Gaza, and MSF's is the only clinic that provides comprehensive wound care, physiotherapy, and medical care for these types of injuries.

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With more than 540,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, the Jordanian health system has had problems meeting the needs of all these new patients. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened a maternity care clinic in Irbid and plans to scale up activities.

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Since doctors in Gaza cannot leave to receive specialized medical training, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) organized an accredited training course for them in Gaza.

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