• 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 roughly 70 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.



September 18, 2015

After two suspected cases of measles were reported in the camp for displaced people in Carnot, Central African Republic (CAR), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières vaccinated 186 children between six months and fifteen years of age against the killer disease in just one day.

September 17, 2015

The following remarks were delivered by Joanne Liu, MSF's international president, at the ceremony in New York City on September 18, 2015, during which the Lasker Foundation presented MSF with its Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award:

Our work in West Africa—recognized by this Lasker-Bloomberg award—would not be possible without the selfless determination and dedication of our staff—particularly our national staff from the Ebola-affected countries.

September 17, 2015

Joanne Liu describes MSF's role in the West African Ebola outbreak, for which MSF was awarded the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. View external media.

September 17, 2015

ABUJA, NIGERIA/PARIS—A cholera outbreak is underway in camps for people displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno state, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling for other humanitarian organizations to join the ef

September 16, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has reinforced its teams on the Serbian side of the border with Hungary following the closure of the Hungarian border, which is leading to a rapidly increasing number of refugees stranded on the Serbian side. Part of the MSF team that was working in Roszke (Hungary) for the last several weeks is currently supporting the teams in Horgos (Serbia) now that the Roszke camp is empty.

September 16, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has just opened a newly upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, to provide improved treatment to war-wounded patients from across the region. MSF first established a specialized surgery project in Amman in 2006 to care for victims of the war in Iraq, which it later expanded to receive patients from Iraq, Gaza, Yemen, and Syria. The project is being enhanced and further expanded in its new building.

September 15, 2015

Traveling by jeep and motorbike, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team is making its way through a remote and insecure region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to screen and treat people suffering from sleeping sickness.

September 15, 2015

On Sunday September 13, a wooden boat carrying more than 130 refugees and migrants sank off the Greek island of Farmakonisi. Thirty four people lost their lives, amongst them four babies and 11 children. The people who survived the shipwreck were brought by the Greek Coast guard to the neighboring island of Leros. An MSF team from Kos was sent to Leros immediately to provide mental health support and medical care to survivors.

September 15, 2015

More than 300,000 people seeking safety and a better life have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year. For those who survive the dangerous crossing, the ordeal is by no means over. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing search and rescue assistance on the sea, as well as aid for those who make it to the other side.

September 15, 2015

Until last month Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) worked in Leitchour camp in Ethiopia, where refugees were seeking shelter from the conflict in South Sudan. The condition of the camps were appalling—some 50,000 people living in the worst conditions.