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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

NEW YORK/ISE-SHIMA, JAPAN, MAY 27, 2016—While G7 leaders acknowledged during their summit this week that the current system of research and development is failing to deliver innovation and affordable access to medicines and vaccines for people around the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is disappointed that the solutions proposed by the G7 will not address these failures head-on.

MSF issued the following statement from Jeremie Bodin, general director of MSF Japan:

May 26, 2016

New York/Ise-Shima/Geneva—As the leaders of the G7 countries gather in Ise-Shima, Japan over the next two days, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urging them to make a bold commitment to prioritize a better global response to public health emergencies and to take action to encourage the research and development (R&D) and affordable pricing of critical medicines.

May 25, 2016

Refugees living in Elliniko Sports Stadium in Athens, Greece, tell their stories in their own words.

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 23, 2016

Amsterdam/Bangui—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today pays tribute to dedicated staff member Arsène Bassanganam, who was killed during an ambush against on an MSF convoy in Central African Republic (CAR).

May 19, 2016

AMSTERDAM/BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC—A staff member of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was shot and killed yesterday during an ambush on two MSF vehicles in Central African Republic (CAR), the organization said today, condemning the attack in the strongest possible terms.

May 16, 2016

US officials are expected to use this week’s APEC meeting to discuss extending the length of monopoly market protection for biologic medicines and vaccines.

May 13, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people cannot be punished for the actions of a few.

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 12, 2016

The World Health Organization has just recommended that countries move toward shorter treatment regimens for some people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), including people co-infected with HIV, children, and people with simple MDR-TB who have not been treated before or and have no known resistance to any of the drugs in the regimen. This recommendation comes following results from a number of large observation cohort studies using the shortened regimen.

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