• 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.

December 29, 1999

Djakarta/New York, December 30, 1999 — The religious conflict (Christian vs. Muslim) in the Malukus is spreading and engulfing ever greater areas and island populations. Given the escalating level of violence and lack of resolve or capacity on the part of the authorities to prevent or stop it, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is extremely alarmed that the vulnerable population, mostly concentrated in camps, will very soon be left totally unprotected and isolated.

December 22, 1999

New York/Paris, December 23, 1999 — The international humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today called on the Georgian authorities to re-open their border with Chechnya to allow civilians caught up in the fighting to escape Russian bombardments. The border has been closed since December 10.

December 16, 1999

New York/Paris, December 17, 1999 — The international medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) demands that the border between Chechnya and Georgia be re-opened immediately to allow Chechen civilians to seek shelter from Russian bombardments. The border has been closed since Monday, depriving civilians caught under fierce bombardments of any possibility of escape. This is the only exit route for the population in southern Chechnya.

December 15, 1999

New York/Paris, December 16, 1999 — The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgian doctor and German logistics officer held since December 6th in Kailahun in eastern Sierra Leone left the area by car this morning and were met in Daru by members of MSF. They were then evacuated by helicopter to Freetown.

December 14, 1999

Second Annual Listing Emphasizes Forgotten Wars in Angola, Burundi, Sri Lanka

New York, December 15, 1999 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today issued its second annual list of the Top Ten Underreported Humanitarian Stories of the year. The organization compiled the list to call attention to human crises that were largely ignored by the U.S. press during 1999.

December 12, 1999

by Joelle Tanguy and Fiona Terry

December 10, 1999

December 08, 1999

New York/Paris, December 9, 1999 — A doctor and a logistician of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who were opening a health project in the district of Kailahun, have been held for 48 hours by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) authorities controlling the region. The two volunteers, with whom there has been some contact in the last two days, are Belgian and German nationals. They are reported to be in good health.

December 08, 1999

Oslo, December 9, 1999 — War and civil strife in Africa are causing a re-emergence of deadly diseases that had previously been brought under control. Despite dramatic growth in incidence, diseases such as leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness are, and will likely continue to be, "Neglected Diseases."