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

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.

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.

Nigeria Meningitis C Outbreak
May 09, 2017

Thousands of men, women, and children in northern Nigeria have been affected by a meningitis C outbreak, reportedly the largest to hit the country in the past nine years. Almost six months after the first cases were recorded in Zamfara State, Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (MoH) is still struggling to fight this epidemic in seven states of the country.

April 24, 2017

Since mid-2014, the humanitarian situation in Libya has deteriorated due to the resumption of the civil war and the political instability it brings.

April 21, 2017

The definition of a famine is very precise and the experience of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in this area can provide some context. The term famine can be used when the following criteria are met: the mortality rate exceeds two deaths per 10,000 people per day; acute malnutrition exceeds 30 percent; and one person in every five is not getting enough to eat. 

April 19, 2017

Cameroon forces refugees back, compounding the crisis

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA/NEW YORK, APRIL 19, 2017—Violence and insecurity in Nigeria's Borno state continue to force wave upon wave of people to flee to remote towns, while Cameroon is forcibly returning refugees to the region, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

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