• 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.



December 31, 2013

In August 2013, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pulled out of Somalia after working in the country continuously for 22 years.

The last year has been one of exceptional circumstances, decisions, and compromises, particularly with regards to Somalia and Syria. We have again seen profiteering from humanitarian organizations, in the form of robberies and the looting of medical structures, but the most striking thing we have witnessed is the failure of the global humanitarian aid system in countries such as Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.

December 31, 2013

Angel Corate gave birth to baby Janel on December 16 by Caesarean section. She underwent this lifesaving operation, and she and Janel received ongoing care, at the maternity ward and newborn unit in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) inflatable hospital in Tacloban. Nine days later, Angel and Janel were discharged on Christmas Day, just in time to celebrate with their family.

December 30, 2013

Throngs of people displaced are seeking shelter in area wholly unprepared to absorb them.

December 29, 2013

Some 35,000 people who have taken refuge in a displaced persons camp in Juba are now threatened by a lack of clean water and sanitation.

December 27, 2013

The volatile and rapidly evolving security situation in South Sudan is limiting the movement of MSF teams and making it difficult to provide aid to those who need it most.

December 24, 2013

After a short lull, clashes have resumed in Bangui, sending nearly 200 wounded patients to MSF facilities in CAR's capital.

December 23, 2013

As fighting continues in South Sudan, MSF emergency teams are treating the injured, donating supplies to health facilities, and providing relief to the displaced.

December 20, 2013

MSF is providing aid to some 10,000 migrants and refugees—most of them from Syria—who are now living in makeshift camps in Bulgaria.

December 20, 2013

Following footage showing migrants and asylum seekers ordered to strip naked and then be hosed down at a first aid and reception center on the island of Lampedusa, MSF calls for the immediate closure of the facility until conditions can be improved.

December 20, 2013

MSF has begun providing assistance to people wounded and displaced by the intense fighting that erupted in South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, this past week.