• 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.


August 31, 2015

In order to increase Tunisian fishermen’s capacity to carry out rescues at sea, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has carried out a six-day training course with 116 local fishermen in the town of Zarzis. MSF is also training the Tunisian and Libyan Red Crescents, the Tunisian Civil Protection Service, and the Tunisian National Guard in the management of dead bodies and how to receive people who are rescued and brought to shore.

August 28, 2015

Foued Gamoudi describes the aftermath of a boat that wrecked trying to reach Europe from Libya. View external media.

August 20, 2015

Over the past 100 days, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has contributed significant resources to saving lives on the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing 11,482 people at risk of drowning through its search and rescue operations onboard the ships Bourbon Argos, Dignity I and MY Phoenix (the latter operated in partnership with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station [MOAS]).

August 12, 2015

Mohammed, Diana, and Azeel

Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed clutches his one-year-old daughter Azeel in his arms while his wife Diana, her eyes bright red from salty sea water, tries to collect herself inside the hospital area on board the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue ship Dignity 1.

August 07, 2015

"We are seeing three boats...people swimming in the water," the project coordinator for the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue vessel Dignity I reported on August 5, 2015. A boat holding an estimated 600 people had capsized off the coast of Libya. Among those people struggling to survive was a Palestinian family and their one-year-old daughter.

August 05, 2015

Barcelona, August 5, 2015Today’s tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea, in which hundreds of people drowned after a boat carrying approximately 600 people capsized, underscores the severe lack of adequate search and rescue operations in the area, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Wednesday.

July 07, 2015

Since early May 2015, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been carrying out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea with two ships—the MY Phoenix (operated jointly with Migrant Offshore Aid Station) and the Bourbon Argos. MSF teams onboard work alongside search and rescue crews to provide medical assessment and care ranging from primary care to resuscitation and advanced life support. Here, patients rescued by MSF tell their stories.

July 07, 2015

The crew of the Bourbon Argos, a search and rescue ship deployed by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been working save lives in the Mediterranean since May 7, 2015. In June alone, MSF workers on the ship rescued 1,057 migrants from dilapidated boats as they attempted to reach Europe.

July 01, 2015

Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and medical needs are increasing in turn. Fighting in the region has now expanded beyond the city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed confrontations for more than a year, to Derna, the stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the area, where clashes started three weeks ago. This violence has strained the health care system and triggered population displacement, including more than 2,000 families who are now seeking sanctuary in Benghazi.