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.

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October 09, 2009

After leaving Afghanistan five years ago, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started working again in the country's capital, Kabul. The organization’s return this year was motivated by indications that the overall situation for Afghans was getting worse rather than better. Insecurity in Afghanistan has increased, and access to health services is problematic for many Afghans.

October 08, 2009

Just 10 days after an earthquake struck Sumatra Island, massive aid is already coming in. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is therefore focusing its efforts on the most neglected areas. Some heavily affected villages are still very difficult to access and others that are farther away from the epicenter have received little assistance.

October 08, 2009

Three days after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra Island, Indonesia, last week, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams arrived in the area and began to assess the medical and non-medical needs of the population.

October 08, 2009

After nearly a week of assessments carried out in Samoa following the tsunami of September 29, a small team from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has found that the vast majority of medical and non-medical needs have been covered. An impressive international aid response has meant that food, water, and clothing have been distributed, and people who required urgent medical care have received it.

October 08, 2009

More than a week after several natural disasters in the East Asia and South Pacific regions, MSF mental health staff are beginning to train local counselors, as well as give direct psychological support.

October 08, 2009

MSF doctors and logisticians are currently assessing the situation on the main island of Luzon, as Typhoon Parma continues to rain on the northern Philippines. Authorities fear new landslides and floods as heavy rains and strong winds still prevail in the area. The two MSF teams conducting the assessment are also carrying out medical consultations as they move from place to place.

October 07, 2009

In the north of Yemen, intense fighting has been ongoing for the past eight weeks. Since September 2007, MSF has worked in Saada governorate in northern Yemen. MSF staff currently provide medical care to the population affected by the 'Sixth War', the most recent of a series of violent outbreaks that began in 2004 between government forces and members of the opposition group Al Houthi. Andrés Romero, MSF’s head of mission in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, describes the evolution of MSF’s activities in the area.

October 07, 2009

Rachel Cohen, Sharonann Lynch, Helen Bygrave, Evi Eggers, Natalie Vlahakis, Katherine Hilderbrand, Louise Knight, Prinitha Pillay, Peter Saranchuk, Eric Goemaere, Lipontso Makakole, Nathan Ford
Journal of the International AIDS Society 2009;12:23. (doi: 10.1186/1758-2652-12-23)

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October 07, 2009

Few diseases with symptoms like heart enlargement and failure, antiquated medicine and over 300,000 current reported U.S. cases would receive almost no attention, but such is the case for Chagas disease. Until now, that is.

October 07, 2009

A week after a severe earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, rescue operations are coming to an end and the search for survivors has been stepped down. However, relief operations will continue with a focus on assisting the thousands of people that have lost their homes and relatives and are now living in very harsh conditions.

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