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.

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November 29, 2016

A doctor* in a makeshift clinic in the East Ghouta area near Damascus told MSF the following about the latest attacks in the area:

In the past three weeks, we’ve experienced new waves of strikes coming from the sky and the ground. These strikes have been hitting residential areas, particularly schools. There are still functioning medical centers but we are barely coping with this new wave of violence.

November 29, 2016

The intensity of attacks in besieged areas near Damascus and Homs has increased dramatically once more, leading to significant increases in mass casualty influxes.

Just today, Friday, multiple airstrikes again hit East Ghouta, an area of besieged towns near Damascus. Medics in the area are reporting many casualties, including women and children, but the tally of today’s war-wounded and war-dead is not yet complete.

November 10, 2016

Today is World Pneumonia Day. It's a somewhat abstract concept, associating a specific disease with a specific day, but the reality of pneumonia is very scary and dangerous, and possibly even deadly, for millions and millions of people around the globe.

Each year, pneumonia takes the lives of nearly one million children worldwide, often for want of a vaccine. There is in fact a vaccine to prevent it, something that's commonly administered to children in many western countries, but it’s too expensive for many countries to afford.

October 26, 2016

ROME/NEW YORK, OCTOBER 26, 2016—Twenty-five people onboard an overcrowded inflatable boat were found dead yesterday during a search and rescue operation by a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ship in the central Mediterranean, which saved 246 people from the boat and another nearby raft.

October 12, 2016

MSF-USA Executive Director, Jason Cone, explains the decision to deny Pfizer's free vaccine donations for the world's deadliest disease among children in order hold on to MSF's independence and send a message to Pfizer that "free" cannot cover up the issue of unaffordable medicine.

October 03, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue teams on board the ships Bourbon Argos, Dignity I, and Aquarius (which is run in partnership with the humanitarian organization SOS MEDITERRANEE) rescued nearly 2,000 men, women, and children from 11 separate boats in less than seven hours on the Mediterranean Sea. Many of the rescues were conducted under dramatic circumstances, with some patients requiring evacuation to the Italian mainland.

September 28, 2016

Speech by Dr. Joanne Liu

International President

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

United Nations Security Council

September 28, 2016, New York, USA

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

September 19, 2016

With winter starting to factor into people's thoughts, prospects seem grim for many of the migrants living in the notorious "Jungle" camp in Calais, in northern France. The French government has vowed to shut the camp down once and for all. Another barrier—a 13-foot-high, half-mile-long wall—appears set to go up. And just this week, Calais residents held demonstrations and set up roadblocks demanding that the camp be razed.

Even though assistance to the camp appears to have thinned, people are still making their way there.

September 19, 2016

On September 19, United Nations (UN) member states came together to formulate a more “coordinated and humane approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants," according to the New York Declaration that was ratified today at the UN's Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants.

September 12, 2016

On Monday September 12, at 7:00 a.m. a healthy baby boy was born onboard MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run in partnership between Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE— a European maritime rescue humanitarian organization . The child was born on international waters to Nigerian parents. They named him Newman Otas.

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