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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June 22, 2015

BRUSSELS/ROME—A crisis of human suffering is being created at Europe’s borders as thousands of people risk life and limb to reach safety with little or no assistance, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, warning of the consequences of EU member states ignoring their humanitarian duty.

June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed.

June 02, 2015

On Sunday, May 31, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams provided emergency psychological support to 18 out of 454 migrants at the port of Augusta who had been rescued at sea after trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend. Seventeen of the passengers brought to Augusta had already died before being rescued due to asphyxiation from inhaling gasoline vapor during an engine breakdown. The 18 who received counseling from MSF’s psychological first-aid team were deeply traumatized by the deaths of their friends and family members during the journey.

May 26, 2015

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard the rescue ship MY Phoenix, on which Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in partnership with MOAS, doctor Erna Rijnierse describes her work caring for migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.

May 22, 2015

More than 35,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa to reach Italy between January and the middle of May this year; last year, more than 170,000 migrants landed on Italy’s shores.  

May 11, 2015

Will Turner describes efforts by MSF and Migrant Offshore Aid Station to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean, where many have drowned. View external media.

May 09, 2015

AUGUSTA, SICILY—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching a second ship to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea to assist people who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe by boat.

The ship, the Bourbon Argos, is carrying a crew of 26, including experienced search-and-rescue personnel and emergency medical workers.
April 23, 2015

Dr. Chiara Montaldo is coordinating MSF’s efforts in Sicily to provide medical and psychological care to migrants rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. This account originally appeared in The Guardian.

April 17, 2015

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team is offering medical assistance to 301 migrants and refugees who arrived this morning at the first reception center in Pozzallo, Sicily.  They are the latest group of arrivals.

October 06, 2014

A year after 366 people drowned near Lampedusa, Italy, during a desperate attempt to reach Europe, many thousands more have undertaken the same journey.

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