• 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.


October 14, 2014


October 10 was World Mental Health Day. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to help victims of conflict to recover from their psychological distress in the field.

September 23, 2014


With bombs falling since July 8, the Palestinian Territory returned to a semblance of calm on August 26. The human and material damage is immense and the political and economic situation does not give cause for optimism.  

When an unlimited ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces was announced, the streets of Gaza filled with jubilant crowds. For weeks, few people aside from ambulance drivers would have been on these roads, but now students were returning to classrooms, businesses were getting up and running again, and fishermen headed back to the sea.

September 15, 2014

For 50 days, health staff and patients at Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital, where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing support, lived and worked in a cycle of fighting, ceasefire, and renewed fighting.

September 15, 2014


The open-ended ceasefire agreed on August 26 put an end to 50 days of deadly conflict. Although people appear to be getting on with their lives, nothing has been resolved. They couldn’t escape the bombing and now they can’t go home, even though the guns have been silenced. The return to calm is relative for the many Gaza Strip inhabitants living without water or electricity in over-crowded schools or several families to an apartment.

August 20, 2014

Since the bombing of the Gaza Strip began on July 7, civilians, unable to flee this narrow piece of land, have been the main victims. Thousands have been injured. The teams at Al-Shifa hospital were overwhelmed and an Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team arrived to provide support ten days after the start of the offensive.

August 18, 2014

In this op-ed first published in Le Monde, Mego Terzian, president of MSF-France, discusses the current crisis in Gaza.

August 12, 2014

Michele Beck, medical team leader with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), took advantage of the truce to go to the north of the Gaza strip, severely damaged during the war.

July 20, 2014


GAZA/PARIS  -- Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, the majority of the dead and wounded in Gaza are civilians, and medical workers are also coming under fire, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

December 11, 2013

In Gaza, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides post-operative care to people injured in burn accidents. Generators and poor quality gas cylinders are the cause of many serious accidents in Gaza, and MSF's is the only clinic that provides comprehensive wound care, physiotherapy, and medical care for these types of injuries.