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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In the eleven days after militants from the Islamic State (IS) group stormed the district of Sinjar in Iraq’s Ninewa governorate, a constant stream of thousands of exhausted people has been flowing into Syria. They are heading to the relative safety of the northern border between Syria and Iraq.

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NEW YORK, AUGUST 12, 2014  — The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today launched "The Reach of War," a multimedia documentary feature exploring a single day in the life of the ongoing conflict in Syria, through the perspective of medical workers, patients, and refugees.

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In late 2013, MSF sent teams to MSF projects in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan on the same day to record the work we are doing with Syrians, to experience the situation through the eyes of staff members trying to provide desperately needed assistance.

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PARIS/NEW YORK—Two car bombs exploded in towns in northern Syria on July 26, causing large numbers of civilian casualties, including a Syrian staff member of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF strongly condemns these deadly attacks on civilians.

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On January 2, five members of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were abducted in northern Syria and held captive by an armed group for several months. After five months they have been released.

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Early in the morning, a crowd of Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, stand outside the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the Kawargosk camp in northern Iraq, waiting to see a doctor who knows their situation all too well. Dr. Muhammed Selim is himself a refugee, someone who was forced from his home by the war in his country just as they were forced from theirs.

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Abduction forces closure of three MSF medical facilities providing care to 150,000 Syrians.

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Since April 2012, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has managed a chronic disease treatment program in Lebanon to meet the desperate needs of Syrian patients who no longer have access to treatment.

“Nearly 90 percent of our patients arrive with prior diagnoses of chronic disease—typically hypertension and diabetes,” says Dr. Wael Harb, MSF supervisory doctor in the Bekaa Valley. “The condition worsens quickly if they haven’t received treatment for weeks.”

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Three years of extremely violent war have ripped apart towns, villages, hospitals, clinics—everything that Syrians relied on for their existence.

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A week after five international staff members were taken from an MSF house in northern Syria on the evening of January 2, 2014, MSF continues to put all efforts toward securing their safe return.

Our missing colleagues are from Belgium, Denmark, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland. They were working in an MSF-run hospital to provide essential healthcare to people affected by the conflict in Syria, where the humanitarian and medical needs are overwhelming.

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