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  • 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.

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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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May 27, 2016

The ongoing conflict in Libya has left its health care system in disarray. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in the east and west of the country to provide people access to medical services. Here, Issiaka Abdou, MSF project coordinator in the town of Zuwara, describes the situation.

May 26, 2016

Siham, 30 years old, is from Halab, Syria. She was in the refugee camp of Idomeni, Greece on Wednesday morning when Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff collected this testimony by phone.

The police came early in the morning and took a lot of people away. Very few people are left in the camp now. My children are scared and I don’t know what to do. The people who have gone to the new official camps don’t like it there. I don’t know if I should go or cross the border illegally. But my husband, who is in Holland, doesn’t want us to go illegally.

May 25, 2016

Every morning, two Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) vehicles pull up in front of one of the three stadiums that comprise the sports complex of Elliniko, in a suburb of the Greek capital, Athens. Built on a former airfield, the stadiums were put up for the 2004 Olympic Games. Now they house men, women, and children who fled their countries in search of safety in Europe.

May 25, 2016

At least six people were killed and eight more were severely injured on Thursday, May 19, in an attack on Yebi village, in Bosso District, where thousands of people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area have taken refuge. According to Nigerien authorities, the attack was carried out by the group known as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also called Boko Haram.

May 20, 2016

Noah Traoré was the first person in the Tombolia neighborhood to have his finger pricked at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile clinic. "As the head of this neighborhood, I have to set an example," he says. "I love my community, so it is my duty to encourage them to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS."

May 17, 2016

There is a book kept under lock and key at all times in the tented HIV and tuberculosis (TB) ward of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan. It doesn’t look like much—its blue ink has started to fade and its pages emit a strong smell of must, mold, and swamp water.

May 13, 2016

Almost one month after the signing of the EU-Turkey deal, the situation across Greece remains chaotic and inhumane. In improvised camps and detention centers across the country, around 50,000 people are stranded in appalling conditions. In what is becoming unbearable heat, many are unable to access the asylum system and are rapidly losing hope that they will be able to join their relatives or find places to live in peace.

May 11, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing lifesaving medical assistance to approximately 4,000 refugees who fled violence in South Sudan beginning in December 2015 and are now living in deplorable conditions in Bambouti, a village of 1,000 inhabitants in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR).

May 05, 2016

Since the beginning of 2016, an outbreak of meningitis C has hit every region of Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams have been working with the Nigerien Ministry of Health (MoH) to contain the epidemic since January. The number of weekly cases is now decreasing, but there are insufficient stocks of vaccine available to protect those at risk in the event of another outbreak.

May 03, 2016

The death toll from the April 27 airstrikes on Al Quds hospital in Aleppo, Syria, has climbed to 55, after more bodies were found in the rubble, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which supports the hospital.

The airstrikes first hit buildings neighboring the hospital, then the hospital itself as the wounded were transferred there.

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