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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December 02, 2016

On his way to meet friends for coffee not long ago, Abu Ahmed*, a 27-year-old computer repairman living in eastern Aleppo, was injured by a cluster bomb. Four weeks later, his bone fracture has failed to heal. His only hope is specialist orthopedic surgery in Turkey, but Abu Ahmed cannot leave his besieged hometown. Bedridden, he now watches in despair as his neighborhood is further reduced to rubble after the latest waves of unrelenting airstrikes.

On November 24 and 28, 2016, he recounted his experience.

November 29, 2016

Even as bombs fall on east Aleppo, babies are being born into the besieged city. For their mothers, experiencing pregnancy and childbirth in such desperate conditions is extremely challenging, both physically and psychologically.

The difficulties begin in early pregnancy. The siege has led to severe food shortages, and many pregnant women are undernourished, which can lead to severe anemia and other health problems for mother and child alike.

November 29, 2016

A doctor* in a makeshift clinic in the East Ghouta area near Damascus told MSF the following about the latest attacks in the area:

In the past three weeks, we’ve experienced new waves of strikes coming from the sky and the ground. These strikes have been hitting residential areas, particularly schools. There are still functioning medical centers but we are barely coping with this new wave of violence.

November 29, 2016

The intensity of attacks in besieged areas near Damascus and Homs has increased dramatically once more, leading to significant increases in mass casualty influxes.

Just today, Friday, multiple airstrikes again hit East Ghouta, an area of besieged towns near Damascus. Medics in the area are reporting many casualties, including women and children, but the tally of today’s war-wounded and war-dead is not yet complete.

November 21, 2016

The newly renovated intensive care unit (ICU) at Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital officially opened on November 19. The new ICU has a 10-bed capacity, including two beds in an isolation room for the most at-risk patients, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

November 17, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been able to confirm that two hospitals in besieged eastern Aleppo were hit by airstrikes on November 16, one day after ferocious airstrikes on the opposition-held area of the city resumed.
The hospitals that came under attack were a children’s hospital and a specialized surgical hospital. Both were supported by MSF, among other organizations.

November 16, 2016

Services in Uganda are overwhelmed as tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees stream across the border.

November 11, 2016

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding while the world watches and does nothing. Months of siege and the indiscriminate bombing by the Syrian government and its allies have left the population of eastern Aleppo in desperate straits and its health system in tatters.

November 11, 2016

Doctors in eastern Aleppo are working under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, including shortages of health staff, fuel, drugs, and medical supplies.

As they treat the wounded, their own hospitals are being hit by airstrikes. Each of the eight hospitals that were functioning before the siege has been hit, many of them multiple times, with 27 strikes on hospitals in just four months. But in almost every case, the damaged buildings were cleared of debris, patched up, and reopened within a matter of days.

November 03, 2016

For children in east Aleppo, Syria, healthy or sick, the situation is becoming more critical each day. Food, drinking water and medical care are becoming increasingly scarce, while medical staff are struggling to cope with large numbers of wounded.  

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