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 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.

January 15, 2009

On Friday, January 16, MSF held press conferences in Jerusalem and Paris to decry the dire humanitarian situation currently affecting civilians trapped in Gaza, and demanding that all parties to the conflict respect medical teams attempting to reach these people. Following are excerpts from the press conferences.

January 15, 2009

"The army is now about two kilometers away in Tal El-Hawa, where there are clashes and a massive presence of tanks. Many families are trapped there and a lot of people are wounded. Again and again there is this massive problem of access."

January 14, 2009

Jerusalem/Gaza/Paris, January 14, 2009 — Despite statements by Israeli authorities, the worsening security situation in the Gaza Strip is severely limiting international humanitarian assistance in support of Palestinian emergency medical services, which are trying to cope with thousands of wounded patients. MSF calls on the parties to the conflict to allow medical personnel to enter and operate safely in the Gaza Strip to reach trapped civilians.

January 13, 2009

The MSF medical team in Gaza is carrying out its work, although team members wish they could provide more aid. Still, they are treating wounded patients who cannot reach a hospital and supplying health workers with medical equipment and medications.

January 13, 2009

Some 46 patients in total have shown symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the province of Western Kasai, central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Seven patients have tested positive for the Ebola virus after sample analysis in laboratories. Of the seven confirmed, one has died. The 39 remaining patients are still suspected cases, of which 13 have died.

January 13, 2009

New York, NY, January 13, 2009—Sophie Delaunay began her tenure yesterday as Executive Director of the U.S. section of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). With a background in international affairs and more than a dozen years of experience running MSF field programs in countries as diverse as China and Rwanda, Delaunay takes over the leadership of MSF-USA at a time when the need to provide humanitarian assistance to people trapped in war zones is increasing dramatically while the dangers and obstacles to the provision of aid in places such as Somalia and Pakistan has escalated markedly.

January 13, 2009

Nairobi, January 13, 2009 — A new surge in fighting in the Galgaduud region of central Somalia has led to many casualties and forced thousands to flee. Following heavy fighting between two groups last Sunday, Somali medical teams of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have treated 46 casualties at Istarlin hospital in Guri El. This brings the total of wounded treated there since fighting broke out in the area more than two weeks ago to 86.

January 12, 2009

Hear about the worst humanitarian crises of 2008, and whether there’s anything that we as individuals can do to help. Nicolas de Torrente of MSF talks about their recently-released "Top Ten" list of 2008.