• In this issue we discuss the importance of vaccination for children under five to prevent debilitating and potentially fatal diseases. We also visit South Africa, where one young woman's story illustrates the critical need for access to medicines, and two MSF field workers in war-torn Syria recount their experiences.

  • A forgotten war in northern Uganda. Violence in Ivory Coast. MSF's efforts to fight measles in Darfur. Mental health care in times of conflict. Responding to emergencies in the Congo. On the frontlines of AIDS treatment. Closing programs in Iraq. All in this issue of Alert.

  • The project coordinator of an MSF team in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, kept a diary describing the tense and often overwhelming period of fighting when staff worked continuously to treat the wounded and sick. And, an MSF study in Niger shows how effective ready-to-use foods can be in a malnutrition emergency.

  • In this issue, we take you inside the neglected crisis in Central African Republic, in addition to stories on Chad, access to medicines, and surgery in war-torn Syria.

  • In this issue, we focus on MSF's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the ongoing conflict has physically and emotionally traumatized its people. We also consider other pertinent health and medical issues, such as Trans-Pacific Partnership; drug-resistent tuberculosis; and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

  • In this issue, MSF staff answer fundamental questions about our operations—from how we recruit staff, respond to emergencies, and deliver supplies, to how we close projects and share our medical findings with the global health community.

  • Welcome to our new Alert. This is the first issue of MSF-USA’s re-designed quarterly newsletter, and we hope you like it. This issue of Alert highlights devastating crises in South Sudan and Syria, conflict-related emergencies that are causing mass casualties and extensive displacement. In both places (and in neighboring countries), our medical teams are doing as much as they can to ease suffering and save lives.

  • Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake left much of the country's already fragile infrastructure in tatters, the people of Haiti remain in desperate need of assistance. In this issue, a look at Drouillard Hospital, an MSF-run facility in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince where MSF provides the city's only free treatment for severe burns. Also in this issue: a project update on MSF's efforts to combat chronic malnutrition in Africa's Sahel region, an interview with the head of MSF's Emergency Team, and a field journal from HIV/AIDS Policy Adviser Sharonann Lynch, who recently visited an innovative HIV care program in rural Mozambique.

  • While MSF has been unable to work directly in Syria, it has collected testimonies from wounded patients treated outside the country and from doctors inside Syria. These testimonies point to a coordinated crackdown on the provision of urgent medical care for people wounded in Syria's ongoing violence. Also in this issue: MSF field journals from Gogrial and Doro in South Sudan, an interview with Emmanuel Baron, executive director of Epicentre, and photos from MSF's trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

  • This special "Year in Pictures" issue brings you images from MSF's activities all over the world in 2011. These photos chronicle the response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa; ongoing programs in conflict-affected areas of Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Libya, and others; the birth of South Sudan, the world's newest nation; MSF's continuing work in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and more. Also read a new Field Journal from an MSF nurse who spent 14 months in Haiti providing care in the aftermath of the earthquake.


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.



April 07, 2010

Taking advantage of improved security, MSF has renovated and opened a new hospital in North Darfur, giving the area's inhabitants much greater access to healthcare services.

April 05, 2010

Following an explosion in the Lower Dir district, MSF and Pakistan’s Ministry of Health treated 88 injured people, most seriously wounded.

April 02, 2010

Following the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, MSF launched what would become one of the largest emergency efforts in the organization's history. Also in this issue of Alert: the personal testimonies of four MSF staff working in Haiti during and after the quake; an article by Dr. Greg Elder; and an excerpt from Writing on the Edge, in which Booker-prize winning novelist DBC Pierre recounts his journey with photographer Tom Craig to Armenia.

April 02, 2010

This slideshow is narrated by an MSF communications officer, who also took the photographs during a two-week visit to Haiti in March, 2010. He accompanied MSF field staff on assessments of living conditions in makeshift camps where people had been living without basic assistance. A smaller version of this slideshow is available for embedding on blogs. Also available on YouTube.

April 01, 2010

Follow the story of a malnourished child in Bihar State, one of the poorest areas of India. Also: India's generics industry is under threat; MSF treats gunshot victims in Southern Sudan; and alarmingly high numbers of female migrants in Morocco have been victims of sexual violence.

March 31, 2010

Each month, between 200 and 300 new patients come to the MSF clinic in Lae. They have all been raped, beaten or attacked with knives.

March 30, 2010

At the end of January, MSF closed its program in northern Sri Lanka, which was established last May when intensified fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the military drove tens of thousands of people from their homes and left many others in a state of pronounced medical distress.

March 30, 2010

Port-au-Prince / New York, 30 March 2010 – With the majority of the Haitian population still extremely vulnerable, donors attending the United Nations conference in New York on March 31, must not take measures that would limit the populations’ access to health care, said MSF on Tuesday.

March 29, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled fighting in their homeland are stranded in overcrowded refugee camps just over the border, in Kenya, where MSF has been offering medical and psychological care.

March 29, 2010

In order to tend to the longer-term needs of Haitians wounded and displaced by the January 12 earthquake, MSF has set up centers for specialized services such as physical therapy, psychological care, and plastic surgery, and has also been distributing items such as tents, soap, and blankets.