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.



January 23, 2009

Madrid, January 23, 2009–If next week’s Madrid Food Summit does not come up with a concrete implementation and funding plan focused on malnutrition, 55 million children under five will continue to face potential life-threatening malnutrition according to ACF International and MSF.

January 22, 2009

More than three weeks after the Christmas attacks on the towns of Faradje and Doruma and three days after the invasion of Tora—all in the Haut Uélé district of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) combatants are continuing their devastating assaults against civilians, and moving closer to the Dungu area.

January 22, 2009

On January 21, 2009, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a study on the preventive distribution of ready-to-use (RUF) therapeutic food products. This 2006 study, which was conducted in Niger, showed that the number of children who progress to severe malnutrition can be cut in half. These effective preventive strategies must be developed in areas where severe malnutrition strikes tens of thousands of children and is a major cause of death, explains Dr. Isabelle Defourny, MSF’s program manager for Niger.

January 22, 2009

The cholera outbreak in Zambia that began on October 3, 2008, deteriorated dramatically in the month of January. Some 1,169 cases had been reported by January 21 in the capital, Lusaka.

January 22, 2009

Some 207 new admissions to a cholera treatment center (CTC) near the Zimbabwean capital Harare were received in a 24-hour period yesterday.

January 21, 2009

Sheila Isanaka, Nohelly Nombela, Ali Djibo, Marie Poupard, Dominique Van Beckhoven, Valérie Gaboulaud, Philippe J. Guerin, Rebecca F. Grais
JAMA 2009;301:277-85.

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January 21, 2009

New York, NY, January 21, 2009 — According to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), children in rural Niger who received ready-to-use food in addition to their normal diet were nearly 60 percent less likely to progress to the most life-threatening form of malnutrition than children whose diets were not supplemented.

January 20, 2009

Medical activities carried out by MSF inside the Gaza Strip have increased over the last 48 hours, in the wake of the Israeli and Hamas ceasefires.

January 19, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes since fighting resumed in August 2008 between Philippine government forces and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels on the island of Mindanao. Settled in evacuation centers and camps set up along roads, these displaced people live in unhygienic conditions with little clean water or access to medical care.

January 17, 2009

An MSF surgical team and other personnel entered the Gaza Strip today to provide essential surgical services to people seriously wounded during the last three weeks of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.