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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May 12, 2009

On Friday, May 8, an attack on the village of Torkej in Upper Nile State in Southern Sudan, located on the border with Jonglei State, resulted in the arrival of many war wounded to a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Nasir. Patients reported that many people were dead in the village and that thousands were forced to flee. Torkej is approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Nasir, where MSF runs a hospital providing basic health care and surgical care.

May 12, 2009

While tens of thousands of people remain trapped in the combat zone, around 200,000 people have been able to flee and settle in camps for internally displaced persons in the Vavuniya District of Sri Lanka's northeast.

May 11, 2009

People in the northern region of North Kivu province, in the east of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been fleeing violence since late January, when an offensive was launched by DRC's army against the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical care in several of the regions’ towns and villages, where the population includes nearly 230,000 displaced persons. 

May 08, 2009

On May 12, 2008, a devastating earthquake hit Sichuan province, leaving more than 80,000 dead and 10 million homeless. One year on, displaced people who lost their families, homes, and jobs in the quake are still suffering from psychological disorders and are in need of support to rebuild their lives. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been continuing psychological care to the earthquake victims.

May 08, 2009

On May 12, 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Sichuan Province in China, leaving more than 80,000 people dead and 370,000 people injured. The quake's epicenter was in Wenchuan, in the northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Some 90,000 buildings collapsed and more than 10 million people left homeless. Up to 40 international staff and 16 national staff of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have worked in affected areas providing relief materials, medical care, and psychological support. Today, MSF continues to offer psychological care to affected people in Sichuan.

May 07, 2009

While uncertainty still prevails over the severity of a possible influenza pandemic, many developing countries do not have stockpiles of medicines or advanced purchase commitments with manufacturers to ensure they can protect their populations if the pandemic does take hold.

May 07, 2009

Islamabad/Brussels/New York, May 7, 2009 – The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has had to halt its emergency medical services in the Swat region of Pakistan and reduce activities in other areas affected by the current warfare. The organization was the only one supporting the hospital in Mingora and providing ambulance services in Swat. The reduction of MSF’s activities is a result of the general insecurity, in addition to a number of direct incidents against MSF itself.  

May 06, 2009

Despite ongoing conflict that has made it difficult for humanitarian organizations to be in Iraq, since 2006 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up medical projects for populations in Anbar, Tameen, Ninewa, Sulemaniya, Baghdad, and Basra. MSF also runs a project in Jordan for Iraqi war wounded. Khalil Sayyad recently returned from Basra, southern Iraq, where he worked as Field Coordinator for nine months. He was part of MSF's first international team to establish a presence in Iraq since 2004, when high insecurity led MSF to leave country.

May 06, 2009

Isabelle Defourny, Andrea Minetti, Géza Harczi, Stéphane Doyon, Susan Shepherd, Milton Tectonidis, Jean-Hervé Bradol, Michael Golden
PLoS ONE 2009;4:e5455. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005455)

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May 06, 2009

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents further evidence that adequate food supplements are needed as early intervention to avert widespread malnutrition in young children.

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