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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MSF Calls on World Food Program to Provide Balanced Diet

Faryab, Afghanistan, May 25, 2001 — Physicians from the medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have clinically confirmed an outbreak of scurvy in Faryab province, northern Afghanistan. Scurvy, which is caused by the lack of vitamin C in the diet, leads to black discoloration of the legs, gum bleeding, and eventually death.

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MSF Sends Plane Carrying Emergency Supplies

Paris, May 21, 2001 — In the past two weeks, more than 10,000 people fleeing fighting in Liberia's northern Lofa County have arrived in the Gbarnga region, in the center of the country. Similar population movements had taken place in previous weeks, with 3,500 people arriving in Jenne Manna, in the southwestern part of the region.

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Malnutrition Rates Alarmingly High Among Displaced Persons: MSF Urges for General Food Distribution

Luanda, Angola, May 10, 2001 — The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is reporting a sharp increase in malnutrition rates over the past few months in Camacupa municipality of Bié Province in central Angola. The organization urges that additional food distributions be undertaken in the region to avert a further increase in mortality rates.

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New York/Geneva, May 3, 2001 — The international humanitarian medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes today's agreement between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Aventis securing the production of lifesaving medicines to treat sleeping sickness. MSF is particularly glad that Aventis has made a long-term commitment to guarantee the supply of the drugs.

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Powerful Precedent Set for Other Developing Countries

Pretoria, April 19, 2001 — In response to resounding global denunciation of their lawsuit, 39 drug companies today unconditionally dropped the case they pursued for three years against the South African government. The end of the lawsuit clears the path for the 1997 Medicines Act to go into force, allowing importation of affordable medicines and increased use of quality generic drugs.

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Thousands Sign Global Internet Petition Demanding End to South African Court Case; Bush Administration Called on to Publicly Support Struggle for Affordable Medicines

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MSF Demands Protection and Assistance for Returnees; Reiterates Call for Immediate Evacuation to Safe Areas Inside Guinea

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Humanitarian Aid Programs Suspended; Cholera Victims at Risk

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Flight and Security Plans Uunderway to Evacuate to Nairobi Today

11:30 a.m. Nairobi, March 28, 2001 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that three international MSF aid workers and two United Nations officials have been moved to a safer place in Mogadishu North, Somalia. MSF is currently working on a plan to evacuate the aid workers by plane to Nairobi, Kenya, security permitting. MSF hopes that the aid workers will leave Somalia late this afternoon.

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