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.

January 24, 2018

Snakebite venom permanently disables hundreds of thousands of people and kills more than 100,000 each year across the globe—more than any other neglected tropical disease designated by the World Health Organization (WHO)—even though highly effective treatments exist.

December 01, 2017

For many people in rural South Sudan, HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy (ART) is nearly impossible to obtain, partly because war has forced many to flee to isolated locations where treatment options are limited or nonexistent. But in Yambio County—in the southwest—things are different as a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pilot project is providing same-day care to many people living with HIV.

June 08, 2017

The conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) has escalated in recent weeks in several cities. The situation remains tense in Alindao, in the heart of the country, where an upsurge of fighting in May left at least 133 people dead and thousands more displaced. Last weekend, self-defense militia groups again attacked Alindao, attempting to take its airstrip and breaking into the Catholic mission where more than 15,000 people have taken shelter.

June 06, 2017

A month ago, when Ahmed* arrived at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field hospital in Hammam al-Alil south of the Iraqi city of Mosul, many of the hospital’s staff burst into tears. For years, Ahmed, a skilled nurse, had been their colleague, caring for the sick and injured of western Mosul. But now he was their patient and in need of urgent medical care.

January 17, 2017

More than 1,000 people were admitted to hospital in a remote area of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2015 after suffering toxic effects from "falsified" or wrongly labeled drugs, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in an article published in The Lancet Global Health on January 17, 2017.

November 10, 2016

Today is World Pneumonia Day. It's a somewhat abstract concept, associating a specific disease with a specific day, but the reality of pneumonia is very scary and dangerous, and possibly even deadly, for millions and millions of people around the globe.

Each year, pneumonia takes the lives of nearly one million children worldwide, often for want of a vaccine. There is in fact a vaccine to prevent it, something that's commonly administered to children in many western countries, but it’s too expensive for many countries to afford.

November 04, 2016

Crowds draw into the local schools and churches of little villages, nestled against lush forests. Mothers wait with their children, lined up on wooden benches. Everyone is quiet—surprisingly enough for a long line of people made up mostly of the under-6-years-old crowd. But the closer the children get to the nurses, the more their curiosity morphs into terror. 

The nurses have a process: open the mouth for the oral polio vaccine, prepare one leg for the pentavalent, the other one for the pneumonia vaccine, and, "Jab, jab." 

September 06, 2016

After ten years of working in Shamwana, in Tanganyika Province in southern DRC, MSF handed over its activities to the MoH on August 12, 2016.

June 23, 2016

A malaria surge in Haut-Uélé Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has seen 1,600 children admitted with severe malaria and more than 40,000 people treated for the disease by a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency team in the past seven weeks. MSF worked alongside local staff in health facilities in the Pawa and Boma-Mangbetu areas.

October 13, 2015

The United States, Australia, and Canada are trying to weaken trade rules that exempt least-developed countries (LDCs) from having to implement patents on medicines and vaccines. This exemption, which allows the least developed countries in the world to freely import affordable generic medicines and also to produce medicines locally, expires next year.  

Bangladesh, on behalf of all LDCs, has asked for an exemption to be granted for as long as LDCs are classified as such. Starting October 15, World Trade Organization member states will consider this request.

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