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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MSF Personnel Resume Work in Kabul, Mazar-I-Sharif, and Taloqan

Herat, Afghanistan/New York, November 15, 2001 — A team of international relief workers from the international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived today by car in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. This week, MSF international staff have also resumed activities in the former Taliban-held cities of Kabul, Mazar-I-Sharif, and Taloqan.

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A Joint Press Statement issued from Doha, Qatar, WTO Ministerial by MSF, OXFAM, Third World Network, Consumer Project on Technology, Consumers International, Health Action International and The Network

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MSF Personnel Assessing Humanitarian Needs in Kabul

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Kabul, Afghanistan/New York, November 13, 2001 — This morning, a team from the international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) managed to reach Kabul from the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan. The international team of four consists of a doctor, a nurse, an administrator, and a logistician. They have re-established full contact with MSF's Afghan staff in Kabul and are visiting the city's health structures to assess the health needs of the population.

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A Joint Press Statement issued from Doha, Qatar, WTO Ministerial by Act-Up Paris, Consumer Project on Technology, Consumers International, Health GAP Coalition, MSF, Oxfam, Tebtebba Foundation, and Third World Network

November 11, 2001 — We call on the WTO Members at the Doha Ministerial Conference to endorse an interpretation of the TRIPS Agreement that protects public health. This declaration will determine whether people living in developing countries will be supported in measures to gain access to life saving drugs.

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November 9, 2001 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week opened two new assistance programs in southwest Afghanistan for internally displaced people near the Iranian border, at Mile 46 and Makaki. The Makaki mission is one of the first new MSF project to open in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan since all international MSF staff were evacuated on September 14.

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New York/Brussels, October 18, 2001 — This week, several compounds of the international aid agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Afghanistan were looted. The compounds, in the cities of Mazar-I-Sharif and Kandahar, were crucial bases for the provision of medical and nutritional aid to the Afghan population. As a result of these lootings, Afghans in six provinces have been cut off from vital assistance.

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New York, October 2, 2001 — This week, three charter planes are bringing a total of 115 tons of humanitarian relief supplies to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in and around Afghanistan. MSF will use these supplies to maintain and reinforce its current programs and to be fully prepared in the event of a new emergency.

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Following the tragic September 11 attacks on the United States, all humanitarian aid organizations, including MSF, were forced to withdraw their international staff from Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan due to rising insecurity in the region.
 
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