• 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.

  • 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.


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.


September 15, 2015

More than 300,000 people seeking safety and a better life have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year. For those who survive the dangerous crossing, the ordeal is by no means over. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing search and rescue assistance on the sea, as well as aid for those who make it to the other side.

September 15, 2015

Watch A Month in Focus, a monthly video series that reports on some of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) current field activities.

September 15, 2015

Koutiala in southeast Mali has extremely high rates of infant mortality, mainly due to malaria and malnutrition. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing lifesaving care.

July 02, 2015

BASSIKNOU, MAURITANIA/NEW YORK, JULY 2, 2015—The cancellation of monthly food rations will likely increase global acute malnutrition among 49,500 Malian refugees in southeastern Mauritania, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today, calling on the international donor community to ensure that the refugees have reliable sources of food.

June 09, 2015

Around 25,000 people who fled violence near Lake Chad in early May are currently living in precarious conditions in camps in Bosso and Nguigmi, Niger. Here, Aissami Abdou, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field coordinator in Diffa, discusses their plight:

April 17, 2015

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber attacked a United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp on the outskirts of Ansongo town. Three civilians—two children and one adult—were killed, and 16 were wounded, most of them UN peacekeepers. An MSF team was immediately deployed to the area, sending five wounded children to the Ansongo referral hospital, where the organization has been working since 2012.

March 04, 2015

MSF field coordinator Seïdina Ousseini explains the difficulties facing MSF teams providing medical aid to a population affected by political crisis and insecurity in Ansongo, northern Mali.

November 20, 2014

Swift and coordinated action is of paramount importance in the days immediately after new cases are reported.

November 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a pediatric care program in Koutiala in the east of Mali, where malnutrition and malaria are recurrent and there may be as many as 400 children receiving treatment at one time during the peak malaria season.

October 31, 2013

With malnutrition, it’s often just one, simple intervention that can change a child’s life forever. That was the case for a little boy named Tidjani, who came to our hospital gravely ill.