MSF frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in roughly 70 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

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Brett Davis describes working as an MSF project coordinator in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. View external media.

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Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing more than 5,000 people and displacing more than four million, wiping out homes, hospitals, and infrastructure. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing medical and mental health care, focusing on the most remote parts of the country, for the last three months in inflatable and tented hospitals and through mobile clinics, reaching isolated communities by air, land, and sea.

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Angel Corate gave birth to baby Janel on December 16 by Caesarean section. She underwent this lifesaving operation, and she and Janel received ongoing care, at the maternity ward and newborn unit in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) inflatable hospital in Tacloban. Nine days later, Angel and Janel were discharged on Christmas Day, just in time to celebrate with their family.

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Ten-year-old Ayron Sanchez was the first child to undergo surgery in the inflatable hospital MSF set up in Guiuan following Typhoon Haiyan.

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When the typhoon struck the Philippines, Norma and her family ran out of their house. That’s probably what saved their lives. While the typhoon’s winds were devastating, it was the wave that followed that caused the most havoc. “The water rose to the height of three men,” Norma says, stretching her arm to illustrate. “We remained clinging to a fallen coconut tree. Our house? Swept away by the waters.” Norma lost her youngest daughter to the typhoon. Despite the tragedy, she still manages a smile.

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One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, MSF is providing health care for people in remote areas and supporting the health system as it recovers.

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A month after Typhoon Haiyan, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues its work in the Philippines, including the remote area of Guiuan. The goal for MSF teams there is to fill in the gaps of medical care, including obstetric care, until the local health authorities can resume all normal activities.

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Three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, more than 200 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff were working on the ground alongside several hundred Filipino colleagues. They have set up projects on the islands of Leyte, Panay and Samar, some of the worst affected areas, and continue to work in Tacloban.

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MSF teams are traveling by car and boat to reach isolated and rural areas of the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Despite increasing humanitarian aid in typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines, MSF is still finding villages and towns that have not yet received any aid.

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