• In this issue we discuss the importance of vaccination for children under 5 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.


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.



September 29, 2015

Mohamed is originally from Derek, a town in the Kurdish region in northeast Syria, between the borders with Iraq and Turkey. He later moved to Damascus to work as a minibus driver. A father of four, his youngest child is not yet walking. Mohamed and his family fled Damascus in 2013 when war broke out in Syria and the city became unsafe.

September 28, 2015

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported the Kobane Health Administration in implementing a nine-day measles vaccination campaign in the Kobane canton of northern Syria in August.

September 16, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has just opened a newly upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, to provide improved treatment to war-wounded patients from across the region. MSF first established a specialized surgery project in Amman in 2006 to care for victims of the war in Iraq, which it later expanded to receive patients from Iraq, Gaza, Yemen, and Syria. The project is being enhanced and further expanded in its new building.

September 15, 2015

More than 300,000 people seeking safety and a better life have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year. For those who survive the dangerous crossing, the ordeal is by no means over. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing search and rescue assistance on the sea, as well as aid for those who make it to the other side.

September 11, 2015

Thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria, are arriving to Roszke, on the Serbia-Hungary border. They are both physically and psychologically exhausted after a long and dangerous journey by sea and road across several countries, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Some 2,000 people are crossing over the border daily.

September 11, 2015

Makeshift hospitals near Damascus overwhelmed by mass casualities; 2 million people now under siege

September 10, 2015

In the besieged East Ghouta area near Damascus, Syria, intense bombing has resulted in one of the bloodiest months since the conflict began. Here, a Syrian medical practitioner supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) describes the situation. He is currently serving as director and human resources manager of a makeshift hospital, in addition to acting as a surgeon and senior doctor. For his security, he has requested to remain anonymous.

September 08, 2015

MSF has just reopened its upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, where victims of conflict in the region have access to specialized surgeries they otherwise would not get.

August 31, 2015

On August 26, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, completed two rescue operations, saving some 800 refugees from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea. The first boat was a large wooden fishing boat in distress with approximately 650 people on board; the second was a rubber boat first spotted by a Tunisian fishing vessel, carrying about 150 people.

August 25, 2015

MSF's Jehan Bseiso discusses the dire situation in Yarmouk refugee camp. View external media.