• 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.


November 18, 2015

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 60 injured people at its trauma center on Monday after grenades exploded in several Bujumbura neighborhoods. 

The MSF team launched a mass casualty plan on Monday morning to treat the rapid influx of wounded, triaging to treat the most serious cases first.

"We opened a second operating room and performed five emergency surgeries in the hours that followed," said Richard Veerman, MSF program manager.

August 25, 2015

Over the past four months, violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura have caused hundreds injuries and displaced some 185,000 people into neighboring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission Bruno Duchenne describes the situation.

July 30, 2015

Kigoma/Geneva, 30th July 2015—A cholera vaccination campaign to protect Burundian and Congolese refugees in the overflowing Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania has been completed by the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week.

July 21, 2015

As people in Burundi continue to flee political unrest, MSF is responding to refugees' medical needs in Nyarugusu camp, just over the Tanzania border.

July 20, 2015

Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously reported that up to 1,000 people were crossing the border between Burundi and Tanzania each day. The article has been updated to reflect the correct figure.

July 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Rachel Marsden just returned from Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. MSF began activities in the camp in mid-May 2015 in response to a mass influx of thousands of refugees from Burundi who fled political unrest. The camp, which has existed for 19 years, was originally home to 64,000 Congolese refugees. It is now well over capacity, with a growing population that has already swelled to more than 122,000. Here, Marsden discusses the situation.

June 22, 2015

Some 115,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Tanzania's Nyarugusu camp will be vaccinated against cholera in a mass campaign to be carried out by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières this month.

May 25, 2015


A cholera outbreak has struck overcrowded camps where thousands of Burundian refugees are gathering in Tanzania. According to the World Health Organization, 31 people have died of the disease and more than 3,000 acute diarrhea cases have been reported among the refugees. In collaboration with local authorities, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is opening rehydration points and cholera treatment centers in Kagunga and Kigoma camps.  

May 23, 2013

Obstetric fistulas affect some two million women worldwide. MSF is training gynecologists to treat this devastating condition.

February 14, 2013

The only medical facility in Burundi providing free, comprehensive treatment for obstetric fistula may close due to a lack of trained medical staff