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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March 12, 2009

Ready-to-use food supplements (RUFs) can significantly reduce rates of the deadliest forms of malnutrition, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on January 21. The study took place in Niger in 2006 and 2007 during the period between harvests when children are most vulnerable to malnutrition and showed that children given RUFs in addition to their normal diet were 60 percent less likely to progress to the severe stages of malnutrition than those who were not given the supplements. MSF began using this preventative strategy in its projects in 2007.

March 12, 2009

An 8-year-old girl is examined by medical staff in an MSF isolation center in Western Kasai Province, central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She was brought there by her father who suspected she was a victim of an Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the area.

March 12, 2009

Graphic Novel Follows MSF Through War-Torn Afghanistan in 1986 The Photographer, a graphic novel that follows photographer Didier Lefèvre and an MSF team through northern Afghanistan in 1986, will be published by First Second Books in May. Illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert and designed by Frédéric Lemercier, the novel combines Guibert’s art with Lefèvre’s striking photographs. Led by French MSF nurse Juliette Fournot, the MSF team with Lefèvre set out to assist Afghani civilians during the Soviet Union’s invasion. For more information, go to firstsecondbooks.com CD to Benefit People of Darfur Causes 2, a compilation CD to benefit the people of Darfur, Sudan, will be released on May 5 by Waxploitation records. The CD will include songs by Devendra Banhart, Gnarls Barkley, LCD Soundsystem, and My Morning Jacket. All of the proceeds are distributed to MSF, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam America. To order the CD or for more information, go to waxploitation.com/preorder Join our Legacy Society Doctors Without Borders’ Legacy Society is a group of special supporters who have chosen to remember MSF in their estate plans, helping to ensure our ability to deliver vital humanitarian aid for years to come. We invite you to join our Legacy Society by including MSF in your will or living trust. We also accept beneficiary designations on retirement plans, brokerage accounts, and life insurance policies. If you have already included MSF in your estate plans, please tell us so we can thank you and include you in the Legacy Society. To learn more about naming MSF in your will or other planned giving opportunities, please contact: Beth Golden, planned giving officer, at (212) 655-3771 or beth.golden@ newyork.msf.org Strengthen Your Commitment MSF would like to thank all of our donors who have pledged to our Multiyear Initiative. With their annual commitments of $5,000 or more, these generous supporters provide MSF with predictable and sustainable funds, enabling us to respond effectively and rapidly to emergencies around the world and helping us to better plan for the future. To date, we have received 80 pledges nearing $20 million towards the initiative. To find out how you can participate, please contact Mary Sexton, director of major gifts, at (212) 655 3781.

March 12, 2009

MSF confirms reports that three of its international staff were abducted last night in Serif Umra, in the Sudanese province of North Darfur. Two of MSF's Sudanese staff were taken at the same time; however, they have since been released.

March 12, 2009

Southern Sudan is a region synonymous with war, famine and displacement of people. Its people have been shattered by more than 20 years of conflict. Four years after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended the war between the government in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, southern Sudan’s population still faces ongoing violence, disease outbreaks, starvation, and virtually non-existent access to health care in many areas. These people’s struggles and triumphs are never clearer than in the stories of their women.

March 12, 2009

More than 23,440 children have been treated, and 88 percent cured since MSF launched a nutrition program in Burkina Faso in September 2007. The majority of patients were treated with nutrient-rich, therapeutic ready-to-use food (RUF).

March 11, 2009

Attacks on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army during three weeks in December 2008 and January 2009 made medical action extremely difficult. The vulnerability of civilians sparked humanitarian outrage and widespread criticism.

March 11, 2009

Jane Hannon, a 39-year-old nurse from Baltimore, was in Manicaland Province in eastern Zimbabwe during November and December 2008. Here, she talks about trying to help people with cholera in the middle of a large-scale, rapidly spreading outbreak, in a country that has fallen into extreme disrepair.

March 10, 2009

Some 900 people have been systematically murdered in a string of brutal attacks across northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the end of 2008. The attacks were carried out in the country’s Haut Uélé Province by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group active in Uganda and Sudan for over two decades.

March 10, 2009

The expulsion of foreign aid groups from Sudan's Darfur region amid a meningitis outbreak in some refugee camps could dramatically push up mortality rates, says an MSF aid worker forced to leave the country.

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