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.

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April 25, 2011

For centuries, the drug quinine has been used to treat malaria, a disease that kills close to one million people a year. But now, there’s a new drug - called artesunate - that is more effective, and far simpler and safer to administer than quinine. The WHO has just revised its guidelines calling for artesunate as the treatment of choice for children with severe malaria. Now the international community needs to get behind it.

April 25, 2011

Johnson & Johnson, which holds patents on three key new HIV drugs desperately needed throughout the developing world, has so far refused to license these patents to the Medicines Patent Pool.

April 25, 2011

"The fighters escorting the patients have now overrun the hospital. They are from the northern part of the country. They don't know us and they are better trained than the local militias, but they don't have any greater respect for us."

April 24, 2011

I am writing on behalf of MSF to express our disappointment that J&J has not yet placed any patent into the Medicines Patent Pool and that it has announced in a recent letter to the Medicines Patent Pool that it is not ready to engage in formal negotiations.

April 21, 2011

A tribute to photojournalist and MSF friend, Chris Hondros, who was tragically killed in Libya on April 20, 2011.

April 20, 2011

MSF is deeply concerned for the lives and health of civilians where violence continues to rage, and whose fear is keeping many of them from seeking critical medical care.

April 20, 2011

Kerry A. Thomson, Erastus O. Cheti, Tony Reid
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg, published online ahead of print, April 20, 2011
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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April 19, 2011

Female genital cutting, or FGC, is the practice of surgically removing part or all of a girl’s or woman’s external genitalia. It has a number of negative physical and psychological effects, and in the worst cases can lead to death through severe bleeding. MSF arrived in the Tagadom area of Red Sea State in 2006 to raise awareness about the medical effects of FGC and to offer high-quality, free-of-charge maternity services. First, however, the teams had to begin a very difficult, and ultimately very rewarding process of talking about these and other taboo subjects.

April 19, 2011

Fighting in Duékoué caused hundreds of deaths and widespread destruction. Many civilians sought refuge in a crowded camp and now they fear returning home.

April 18, 2011

Catharina C Boehme, Mark P Nicol, Pamela Nabeta, Joy S Michael, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Rasim Tahirli, Ma Tarcela Gler, Robert Blakemore, William Worodria, Christen Gray, Laurence Huang, Tatiana Caceres, Rafail Mehdiyev, Lawrence Raymond, Andrew Whitelaw, Kalaiselvan Sagadevan, Heather Alexander, Heidi Albert, Frank Cobelens, Helen Cox, David Alland, Mark D Perkins
Lancet 2011;377:1495-505

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