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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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

War-torn Aleppo is no place to raise children, but Umm Leen has seven kids, and they’ve never left the besieged city. Here, Leen tells her story about delivering a child into a city under constant target.

October 31, 2016

The bombing campaign in Aleppo has left thousands of people in need of serious medical care, including Abdul Hadi, a nine-year-old boy who suffers severe brain trauma and memory loss from an airstrike that hit while he played innocently in his front yard. Roadblocks in the besieged city keep Hadi from reaching the specialized attention he needs.

October 03, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue teams on board the ships Bourbon Argos, Dignity I, and Aquarius (which is run in partnership with the humanitarian organization SOS MEDITERRANEE) rescued nearly 2,000 men, women, and children from 11 separate boats in less than seven hours on the Mediterranean Sea. Many of the rescues were conducted under dramatic circumstances, with some patients requiring evacuation to the Italian mainland.

September 12, 2016

On Monday September 12, at 7:00 a.m. a healthy baby boy was born onboard MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run in partnership between Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE— a European maritime rescue humanitarian organization . The child was born on international waters to Nigerian parents. They named him Newman Otas.

August 22, 2016

David Kuwayama, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon, shares a particularly memorable experience from his time at MSF's hospital in Betou, Congo

About 2 o’clock in the morning I hear a knock on the door. It’s the night guard from our hospital. He tells me there is a pregnant woman in trouble, and I’m needed at the hospital right away.

July 07, 2016

In 2011, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a hospital dedicated to providing care to women living in rural areas in northeastern Pakistan. On May 18, 2016, Peshawar Women’s Hospital marked its fifth anniversary. Today, the hospital admits around 85 patients every week and safely delivers more than 4,700 babies each year.

June 15, 2016

“This was the first time I was confronted with injuries caused by gunshots, grenades and mines, and they were often horrific injuries,” says Helmut Shoengen, an anesthetist and doctor who recently returned from working in Aden, Yemen, with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

“We treated many severely injured patients—men, women and children as well—with gunshot wounds to their heads, chests, abdomens, arms and legs,” he says. “Grenade injuries were bad, because they often included burn injuries to the face.

May 02, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) women's health advisor and midwife Kara Blackburn recently completed an assessment of MSF’s fastest-growing emergency obstetrics and neonatal care project, in Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Here she discusses the context.

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