• In this issue we discuss the importance of vaccination for children under five to prevent debilitating and potentially fatal diseases. We also visit South Africa, where one young woman's story illustrates the critical need for access to medicines, and two MSF field workers in war-torn Syria recount their experiences.

  • A forgotten war in northern Uganda. Violence in Ivory Coast. MSF's efforts to fight measles in Darfur. Mental health care in times of conflict. Responding to emergencies in the Congo. On the frontlines of AIDS treatment. Closing programs in Iraq. All in this issue of Alert.

  • The project coordinator of an MSF team in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, kept a diary describing the tense and often overwhelming period of fighting when staff worked continuously to treat the wounded and sick. And, an MSF study in Niger shows how effective ready-to-use foods can be in a malnutrition emergency.

  • In this issue, we take you inside the neglected crisis in Central African Republic, in addition to stories on Chad, access to medicines, and surgery in war-torn Syria.

  • In this issue, we focus on MSF's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the ongoing conflict has physically and emotionally traumatized its people. We also consider other pertinent health and medical issues, such as Trans-Pacific Partnership; drug-resistent tuberculosis; and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

  • In this issue, MSF staff answer fundamental questions about our operations—from how we recruit staff, respond to emergencies, and deliver supplies, to how we close projects and share our medical findings with the global health community.

  • Welcome to our new Alert. This is the first issue of MSF-USA’s re-designed quarterly newsletter, and we hope you like it. This issue of Alert highlights devastating crises in South Sudan and Syria, conflict-related emergencies that are causing mass casualties and extensive displacement. In both places (and in neighboring countries), our medical teams are doing as much as they can to ease suffering and save lives.

  • Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake left much of the country's already fragile infrastructure in tatters, the people of Haiti remain in desperate need of assistance. In this issue, a look at Drouillard Hospital, an MSF-run facility in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince where MSF provides the city's only free treatment for severe burns. Also in this issue: a project update on MSF's efforts to combat chronic malnutrition in Africa's Sahel region, an interview with the head of MSF's Emergency Team, and a field journal from HIV/AIDS Policy Adviser Sharonann Lynch, who recently visited an innovative HIV care program in rural Mozambique.

  • While MSF has been unable to work directly in Syria, it has collected testimonies from wounded patients treated outside the country and from doctors inside Syria. These testimonies point to a coordinated crackdown on the provision of urgent medical care for people wounded in Syria's ongoing violence. Also in this issue: MSF field journals from Gogrial and Doro in South Sudan, an interview with Emmanuel Baron, executive director of Epicentre, and photos from MSF's trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

  • This special "Year in Pictures" issue brings you images from MSF's activities all over the world in 2011. These photos chronicle the response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa; ongoing programs in conflict-affected areas of Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Libya, and others; the birth of South Sudan, the world's newest nation; MSF's continuing work in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and more. Also read a new Field Journal from an MSF nurse who spent 14 months in Haiti providing care in the aftermath of the earthquake.


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.



November 27, 2015

On Wednesday night, an attack on the village of Gogoni in Niger killed 18 people and wounded 16 others. Around 100 houses were also burned down in the village, which is situated in the Diffa region’s Bosso district.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the area assisted by organizing referrals for severely wounded civilians to Diffa hospital. An MSF nurse and a mental health counsellor visited a health center in Bosso town to evaluate the needs there as well, and staff will provide mental health support to the affected population of the village.

November 25, 2015

The US version of events presented today leaves MSF with more questions than answers. It is shocking that an attack can be carried out when US forces have neither eyes on a target nor access to a no-strike list, and have malfunctioning communications systems. It appears that 30 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people are denied lifesaving care in Kunduz simply because the MSF hospital was the closest large building to an open field and "roughly matched" a description of an intended target. 

November 24, 2015

As conflict between armed groups escalates and airstrikes continue, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical staff struggle to keep hospitals running in the face of fighting, bombing raids, and desperate shortages of medicine and fuel. Here, Afghan MSF doctor Mahmood Menapal describes the situation in Taiz, and remembers the conflict he grew up with in Afghanistan.

November 24, 2015

Watch video clips from several Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects and activies in November 2015. Get reports from Greece, Syria, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Pakistan, and learn why improved access to HIV treatment has not reached everyone who urgently needs it.

November 24, 2015

Sylvain Groulx was Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission for its Syria projects, based in Turkey. Here he describes the ever-worsening situation of civilians still living in Syria.

November 24, 2015

Sierra Leone has finally been declared Ebola-free, but many of the 4,000 survivors of this deadly epidemic continue to suffer. They report having painful joints, chronic fatigue, vision or hearing impairment, as well as depression and post-traumatic stress. It is difficult for them to get treatment, and people still fear Ebola survivors. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to assist them.

November 24, 2015

Renewed violence in September forced 40,000 people in Bangui, capital city of Central African Republic (CAR) to flee their homes. 

The situation remains unstable in Bagui; displaced people are sheltering at a camp at Mpoko airport and other sites such as Benzvi camp, shown here. The number of displaced people continues to rise and basic needs like hygiene and shelter are not being met. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running mobile medical clinics here.

November 24, 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends putting everyone infected with HIV on treatment immediately. But some 20 million people living with HIV around the world remain without the care they need. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to simplify treatment and adapt it to individual needs to help everyone who needs care get access to it.

November 24, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the Aegean Sea this year to get to one of the Greek islands close to Turkey. When they land on Samos island after a grueling hours-long crossing in total darkness, they need to get warm and find out where they are. 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works with local volunteers and asks them to let the team know when they see boats approaching so they can assist the refugees as quickly as possible.

November 24, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched the search and rescue ship Bourbon Argos in the Mediterranean Sea on May 9, 2015. The ship has a 29-person crew, including an experienced search and rescue team, as well as MSF medical staff, water and sanitation experts, logisticians, and others. The Bourbon Argos has the capacity to safely carry up to 450 rescued people to land inside an enclosed space that protects passengers from the elements while MSF teams provide warm clothes and warm meals.