• 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 roughly 70 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.



September 29, 2015

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC—An eruption of retaliatory violence has engulfed the capital of Central African Republic (CAR) following the killing of a motorcycle taxi driver on September 26, wounding scores of people and blocking access to emergency medical care, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

September 27, 2015

Yesterday, violence erupted again in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, following the killing of a Muslim man during the early morning. In total, 21 deaths have been reported and more than 100 people were wounded, although the real number could be even higher.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in the city’s Mpoko camp, Castor hospital and Hôpital General activated mass casualty plans to cope with an influx of wounded. MSF received 75 wounded patients in all, and the teams stabilized patients and performed 15 surgeries.

September 18, 2015

In early January 2015, MSF was alerted by the local health authorities of a possible meningitis epidemic in the Ituri region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The patients were presenting with mysterious symptoms, including involuntary twitching and motor impairment (dystonia), abnormal posture, and facial assymetry.

September 18, 2015

After two suspected cases of measles were reported in the camp for displaced people in Carnot, Central African Republic (CAR), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières vaccinated 186 children between six months and fifteen years of age against the killer disease in just one day.

September 15, 2015

Traveling by jeep and motorbike, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team is making its way through a remote and insecure region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to screen and treat people suffering from sleeping sickness.

September 03, 2015

Michel Janssens describes the growing measles epidemic in Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, which is affecting tens of thousands of people while the response remains inadequate. View external media.

September 01, 2015

LUBUMBASHI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SEPT. 1, 2015—A growing measles epidemic in the province of Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo, has sickened more than 20,000 people and killed 300 people this year, according to official figures, while resources to combat the outbreak are still lacking, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today.

September 01, 2015

A measles epidemic is gaining momentum in the Katanga region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Augustin Ngoyi is in Kabalo health zone, the epicenter of the outbreak, coordinating the response by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

August 27, 2015

Attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region of Chad have increased over recent weeks, and military presence in the area has also expanded in response. The number of people who have been forced to flee their homes has more than doubled, bringing the total number of displaced in the area to 75,000. The fear that has been instilled in the population—consisting of refugees from Niger and Nigeria, as well as Chadians themselves—has only been exacerbated by the continuing violence which shows no sign of abating.

August 20, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in northern Cameroon are in need of humanitarian aid after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are scaling up their assistance to these refugees and to local communities.