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February 10, 2015

Irina Savchuk is staying with her children at a center for displaced people in the town of Konstantinovka. The center, formerly a shelter for homeless people, was under reconstruction when the conflict started in eastern Ukraine. Although it wasn’t yet finished, the local authorities decided to open the centef for people who had to flee the fighting in nearby areas. It’s now run by local people and eight families live in the center, sharing the small kitchen and old bathroom. Irina shares her story and MSF’s psychologist Elena Bogatskaya talks about the enormous emotional impact of the violence.

December 18, 2014

The past year was marked by an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but crises elsewhere also pushed our medical teams to the limit. Thanks to your generosity, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were able to respond. While you are watching this, our teams are saving lives in a crisis somewhere. On behalf of our patients and staff: Thank you.

December 10, 2014

As part of the ongoing emergency response to Ebola in Sierra Leone, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Ministry of Health launched the largest-ever distribution of antimalarials in the country. Teams are providing 1.5 million treatments to residents of Freetown and five districts in the surrounding Western area. The goal is to prevent cases of malaria and also to prevent suspected cases of Ebola during the peak of malaria season.

November 19, 2014

Bihar state is one of India’s most populous and impoverished states. It’s also the national epicenter for cases of visceral eishmaniasis or Kala Azar, ‘black fever’ as it’s known locally. Kala Azar is spread through the bite of the sand fly – untreated it is fatal. Local people are often unaware of the disease, and when they experience symptoms such as high fever they usually turn to local unqualified medical advisors, who are unable to give them the right medicines.

November 19, 2014

More than half of the 5,000 deaths due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa have been in Liberia. The strain on the health system makes it difficult if not impossible to get care for anything else, including malaria. Malaria and Ebola share some of the same initial symptoms and people often come to Ebola treatment center with malaria thinking they may have Ebola, which puts them at risk for contracting Ebola.

November 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a pediatric care program in Koutiala in the east of Mali, where malnutrition and malaria are recurrent and there may be as many as 400 children receiving treatment at one time during the peak malaria season.

November 19, 2014

Chagas disease is a deadly parasitic disease rife throughout Latin America. Since Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the health authorities instituted a treatment program, 43,000 people in Oaxaca State now have access to care for the disease.

November 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) decided to try using unmanned aerial vehicles to gather sputum tests for patients suspected of having TB in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. The tests were then flown back to the hospital where they were tested in a lab. This could be a new, revolutionary model for diagnostics that MSF repeats in other remote areas where roads and waterways are not feasible for travel.

November 18, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) invited British paralympics champion Richard Whitehead to the MSF trauma surgery project on the Jordan border with Syria to meet patients who have lost limbs in the Syrian conflict. Since September 2013, the MSF team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries on over 600 patients.

November 10, 2014

Jane Boggini has worked as a nurse with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for many years and she had already been to Sierra Leone several times. So when Ebola began spreading into that country, it was only a matter of time before she requested to go help.

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