Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in more than 60 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

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November 28, 2017

Months after Mosul was retaken from the Islamic State group, the Iraqi city’s health system remains decimated. Most of Mosul’s hospitals and clinics were damaged in the fighting and there is a severe lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, and staff. From July to October, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams supported 2,532 admissions in the emergency room, 746 admissions in the inpatient department, and treated 159 malnourished children through inpatient and ambulatory feeding programs at Al Khansaa Pediatrics Teaching Hospital in eastern Mosul.

July 03, 2017

Many men, women, and children from Mosul are struggling to recover from months-old and only partly healed injuries sustained during the conflict. Civilians carry shrapnel embedded in their bodies, and suffer from old gunshot wounds and burns. These patients are just beginning the long journey of healing from a battle that inflicted terrible costs on civilians.

Iraq Mosul internally displaced people
June 08, 2017

The battle for Mosul is taking a staggering toll on the people of Iraq’s second largest city, especially those still trapped inside western Mosul where ongoing fighting continues to result in high numbers of civilian casualties. The patients who make it to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facilities report that water and food are running low, that the few supplies available are extremely expensive, and that access to health care is almost impossible. These patients are the lucky ones who managed to escape, but there are still some 100,000

May 04, 2017

As Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to provide lifesaving emergency and surgical care to men, women, and children wounded in the ongoing battle for Mosul, teams are also extending their response to cover gaps in hospital care left by the severe destruction of the local health system.

April 11, 2017

Al Alam Camp, near Tikrit, Iraq, is currently home to about 8,000 women, children, and men who were displaced from their homes to the north by the ongoing conflict. These families have come here in search of safety and support, from towns and villages ravaged by conflict, where food, fuel, and medicines are scarce.

April 03, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field coordinator Jonathan Whittall has been working in MSF's newly opened field trauma hospital in a village to the south of Mosul for three weeks. The facility has received more than 1,296 patients since it opened on February 16, around half of whom were women (261 patients) and children under the age of 15 (395 patients). Here, Jonathan discusses the 24-hour emergency trauma care provided by his team of dedicated Iraqi and international staff.

March 31, 2017

In Tal Afar District, northwest of Mosul, a dire lack of functional medical facilities is preventing the population from accessing health care. In response, MSF is expanding its activities in the area, opening a maternity clinic in October 2016 and, more recently, a stabilization unit and children’s ward in the village of Tal Maraq.

January 09, 2017

Thousands of migrants and refugees are trapped in freezing conditions in Greece and Serbia without adequate shelter, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling again on the authorities to improve conditions for people suffering in below-freezing temperatures.

December 17, 2016

In Iraq, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, as people displaced from their homes by violence face their third winter living in harsh conditions.

More than three million Iraqis are currently displaced by the conflict, and many more continue to flee their homes every day as a result of fighting in Mosul and Hawija areas. While many have found their way to displacement camps, others are living in schools, mosques, churches, and in unfinished buildings. 

November 21, 2016

As the battle for Mosul intensifies, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is setting up surgical field hospitals to treat the wounded and increasing its support to displaced populations. MSF has established one field hospital with surgical capacity about 30 kilometers [about 19 miles] north of the city and is setting up a second in Qayyarah, some 60 kilometers [about 37 miles] to the south.

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