• 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.

  • 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.

  • Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti - March 2012

    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.

  • Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011

    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.

  • Humanitarian crisis in Somalia - August 2011

    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.

  • Drought and the ongoing violent conflict in Somalia have pushed people across borders and into displacement camps in huge numbers. MSF is working inside Somalia and in Kenya and Ethiopia to assist people suffering in large numbers from malnourishment and epidemic diseases. Also—a look at a growing need for measles treatment and prevention.


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.

December 31, 2001

People suffering because of war, violence, exclusion, displacement, famine, and neglected diseases have been at the center of the work of MSF since the beginning. In December 2001, MSF marks 30 years providing medical aid that is matched by a commitment to witness, debate, and reflect critically on our action and the political failures we confront: weak protection for those in need, especially refugees and the displaced; inability to reach people in danger; lack of medicines for the diseases of the poorest; the dangerous advance of the military into the field of humanitarian aid; and the list goes on...

December 04, 2001

New York/Paris, December 5, 2001 — Approximately 2,000 newly displaced Afghans have arrived over the past ten days in camps installed by Iranian authorities across the border inside Afghanistan, near the town of Zaranj in Nimruz province. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) relief teams have not received permission to distribute shelter materials, blankets, and food to these people.

December 04, 2001

Many Civilian Casualties From Bombing of Tora Bora

November 29, 2001

MSF Team Forced to Withdraw for Security Reasons

New York, November 30, 2001 — Deteriorating security conditions in the Grand Cape Mount province, in southwest Liberia have forced Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to pull out its team from the Jenne Manna camp, leaving some 8,000 internally displaced persons without adequate medical assistance.

November 27, 2001

AIDS Treatment is Working in Developing Countries

November 27, 2001

New York, November 28, 2001 — A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) international medical team, including a nurse and a field coordinator, re-entered the city of Kunduz yesterday, November 27. According to local Afghan MSF staff members who had continued to work in Kunduz even after the evacuation of MSF international staff following September 11, the MSF clinic has not been able to deliver medical care to the population of Kunduz during the recent fighting. The newly arrived MSF team found the clinic empty of patients and looted.

November 14, 2001

MSF Personnel Resume Work in Kabul, Mazar-I-Sharif, and Taloqan

Herat, Afghanistan/New York, November 15, 2001 — A team of international relief workers from the international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived today by car in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. This week, MSF international staff have also resumed activities in the former Taliban-held cities of Kabul, Mazar-I-Sharif, and Taloqan.

November 13, 2001

A Joint Press Statement issued from Doha, Qatar, WTO Ministerial by MSF, OXFAM, Third World Network, Consumer Project on Technology, Consumers International, Health Action International and The Network

November 13, 2001

MSF Personnel Assessing Humanitarian Needs in Kabul