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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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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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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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