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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July 20, 2017

In anticipation of the rainy season—which coincides with the peak of malaria and increased malnutrition rates—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up assistance to address what are expected to be increasing humanitarian and medical needs in hard-to-reach areas of Borno State, Nigeria. The rainy season will render some locations impossible to reach, as the countryside transforms into muddy swamps and roads disappear under water. Unless it is deployed in advance, approximately 40,000 inhabitants and displaced people living in the area will be left without any aid.

July 20, 2017

UNAIDS released a report today that shows a reduction in AIDS-related deaths and states that more than half of all people living with HIV have access to treatment. Unfortunately, this report fails to recognize that sustained support is critical and that many people living with HIV/AIDS—like those in West and Central Africa—remain neglected and continue to suffer needlessly and die silently from AIDS-related diseases and infections. Today’s report finds that there were 1 million AIDS-related deaths last year, compared to 1.9 million in 2005.

July 20, 2017

Years of ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military have caused waves of displacement and disrupted the lives of millions of people across Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.

June 29, 2017

Nigerian refugees who have been forcibly returned to the violent and insecure Borno state, Nigeria, by the Cameroonian military now face a hunger crisis in displacement camps. View External Media.

June 26, 2017

Eugene is one of more than 430 people from over 40 countries treated by the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project Victims of Torture in Athens since it opened in 2014. Eugene survived torture when his community in Nigeria found out that he was gay. He is now living in Athens, where he attends the MSF clinic for support, and immerses himself in his new life in Greece.

Niger hepatitis E
June 21, 2017

Two months after the declaration of a hepatitis E outbreak in Niger’s Diffa region, the humanitarian response is still lacking due to insufficient resources and coordination between actors. The outbreak is taking a heavy toll on some of the area’s most vulnerable people, especially pregnant women and refugees and internally displaced people who fled conflict between Boko Haram and armies in the region.

Damaturu, Nigeria, Yobe, meningitis C, meningitis belt, vaccination
June 01, 2017

Nigeria and Niger are once again facing severe outbreaks of meningitis C. Both countries are part of Africa's "meningitis belt," a region stretching across the continent from Senegal to Ethiopia that is particularly affected by the disease during the annual dry season. Though outbreaks of meningitis are frequent in this area, slow reactions and shortages of vaccines often hamper responses. From December 13, 2016, to May 14, 2017, 13,943 suspected cases and 1,112 deaths from meningitis were reported in 24 states in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

meningitis, Nigeria, vaccine, Sokoto Mutalah Mohamad Hospital
May 31, 2017

Since February, MSF's Nigeria Emergency Response Unit (NERU) has been helping the Nigerian Ministry of Health respond to an increased outbreak of meningitis in the country's Sokoto and Zamfara states. NERU Project Coordinator Bart Bardock spoke about the challenges facing MSF units attempting to mitigate the outbreak.

May 19, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed several emergency teams to Niger to contain a meningitis outbreak that has killed 179 people since the beginning of the year. Working closely with Niger’s Ministry of Public Health, MSF teams have vaccinated more than 358,800 people in the most affected areas while continuing to monitor at-risk areas and provide medical care to those affected by the disease. So far, the number of meningitis cases recorded across Niger this year has almost doubled compared to 2016 during the same period.

May 10, 2017

Fighting between Boko Haram and militaries from the areas around southeastern Niger has led to more than 240,000 displaced people and refugees taking shelter in Niger's Diffa region. A third of the displaced people in Diffa have been forced to abandon their homes two or more times due to violence in the last few years. Around the towns of Garin Wazan and Kintchandi, many of the tens of thousands of people who fled Bosso, a town near the Nigeria border last June, have sought safety.

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