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Field News | October 4, 2012
In August 2012, MSF handed over its last remaining project in Sri Lanka to World Vision, an established international NGO with a long-term operational plan for the north of the country.
Field News | April 3, 2012
After 18 months of activity, the MSF mental health program in Kilinochchi district closed in April 2012.
Field News | March 1, 2012
MSF is concerned about an interview suggesting that it was present in 2009 in Sri Lanka's war zone.
Alert Article | January 3, 2012
In this year-end issue of Alert we highlight 2011's pictures of the year, share MSF nurse Mary Jo Frawley's remembrance of her time in Haiti, and explore MSF's history of negotiation in the new book Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed.
Voice from the Field | August 23, 2010
These patients must adjust to a whole new reality of living with paralysis in a post-conflict setting and they are trying to come to terms with the permanent loss of movement and sensation that is a daily reminder of the war.
Top Ten Humantarian Crises | December 31, 2009
Field News | December 11, 2009
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still providing surgical and medical health care to the displaced people in Vavuniya district, northern Sri Lanka. Some war-wounded need specific medical care, like orthopedic surgery, and around 95,000 people remain in Manik Farm camp. Additional medical capacities could be needed in the areas of return, as a result of the resettlement process.
Field News | September 24, 2009
The Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka has expressed its dissatisfaction with MSF’s recent update of August 13, 2009, in that it has not given an overall picture of the effort deployed by the Health Authorities during the emergency to ensure health-care provision for the displaced in the camps located in Vavuniya district.
Alert Article | July 24, 2009
This edition of Alert comes to you in the aftermath of major violence and upheaval for civilians in northern Sri Lanka. Many were killed and injured during the first months of this year in a war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan army.
Field News | July 13, 2009
Seven weeks after fighting ended between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tiger rebels, fewer patients are arriving at the hospitals, but their numbers still exceed bed capacity.
Field News | June 5, 2009
While Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has set up a system to provide initial treatment to the wounded and sick people in displaced persons camps, the needs remain immense, requiring an around-the-clock medical presence in the camps to respond to all emergencies.
Transcript | June 3, 2009
When the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government ended on May 16, MSF emergency coordinator Lauren Cooney and her team provided emergency medical care at the Omanthai checkpoint, where thousands of people poured out of the conflict zone. Here, Cooney describes the situation.
Field News | June 3, 2009
MSF, Ministry of Health doctors and nurses, and Red Cross Society volunteers quietly move from patient to patient housed under six temporary structures. Most of the patients have several dressings that need to be changed regularly. In a small room in the hospital, MSF surgeons and anesthetists carry out surgical procedures such as skin grafts and wound closures.
Field News | June 3, 2009
The situation remains extremely serious inside the hospitals and for the 269,000 displaced people in Vavuniya District.
Field News | May 26, 2009
MSF teams have been providing medical services day and night at different locations in Vavuniya district, including the hospital in Vavuniya city and at the checkpoint in Omanthai, close to the former frontline.
Field News | May 20, 2009
As the Sri Lankan government declares the end of the conflict, thousands of people are leaving the Vanni, the former conflict zone, and arriving in Vavuniya district in desperate need of medical care.
Field News | May 14, 2009
Twenty-six staff of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are working around the clock as caretakers in two wards of the Ministry of Health General hospital in Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka. The role of caretaker is to support hospital patients' basic health needs from the moment they arrive at the hospital and throughout their treatment.
Field News | May 12, 2009
While tens of thousands of people remain trapped in the combat zone, around 200,000 people have been able to flee and settle in camps for internally displaced persons in the Vavuniya District of Sri Lanka's northeast.
Press Coverage | May 1, 2009
Paul McMaster, MSF doctor working at Vavuniya Hospital, describes the situation in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, where some 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the conflict zone.
Press Coverage | April 30, 2009
An interview with Lisabeth List, MSF Medical Coordinator in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, about the 150,000 civilians that have escaped the war zone in northern Sri Lanka where Tamil Tiger rebels are positioned in a standoff against the ethnic Sinhalese government forces.
Field News | April 27, 2009
Patient numbers at Vavuniya hospital stabilized this past weekend as new arrivals were diverted to other hospitals. MSF has offered to scale up its medical activities and is currently in talks with authorities to do so.
Field News | April 24, 2009
"There are simply too many people to treat them all," says an MSF surgeon. "We are not able to save some people because we need to provide more aftercare. There are simply not enough nurses."
Field News | April 22, 2009
"Our hospital has got about 450 beds, and we’ve now got more than 1,700 patients in the hospital—on the floor, in the corridors, and even outside. So the hospital is very close to being overwhelmed."
Press Release | April 21, 2009
Over the last 36 hours, MSF surgeons, alongside Ministry of Health staff, have been working around the clock to treat more than 400 war-wounded patients who have arrived in Vavuniya hospital in the government-controlled area of northern Sri Lanka.
Field News | April 16, 2009
In Vavuniya, about 50 miles south of where the fighting is taking place, MSF provides food in 10 camps for displaced people and works in the area’s hospital. Two MSF surgeons provide support to the existing surgical team; in March, they carried out almost 800 operations.
Field News | March 17, 2009
During the first two weeks of March, relatively few people seem to have been able to flee from the conflict-affected Vanni area in northern Sri Lanka. Communication with people inside the Vanni remains incredibly difficult, but accounts given by people who have managed to escape in recent days confirm that civilians remain trapped by the conflict and that it is practically impossible for them to leave as they risk being shot at.
Field News | February 26, 2009
MSF is urgently calling on both parties in the conflict in the Vanni area in northern Sri Lanka to ensure the safety of civilians and to allow access to humanitarian assistance. MSF teams are still unable to enter the Vanni to evaluate the needs of the affected population and provide urgently needed medical care.
Field News | February 20, 2009
MSF is preparing to scale up its assistance to displaced people in camps in and around the city of Vavuniya, in Northern Province, Sri Lanka. MSF is already distributing food and basic relief items in 10 camps and plans to work in five more.
Field News | February 13, 2009
MSF provides mental health counseling in Vavuniya for traumatized patients.
Press Coverage | February 2, 2009
MSF humanitarian worker speaks to CNN about the plight of civilians fleeing a decades-long internal conflict in Sri Lanka.
Field News | January 30, 2009
Yesterday, 226 sick and wounded civilians, 51 of them children, were evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN from the Vanni district of Sri Lanka's Northern Province after being wounded during fighting between government forces and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Field News | January 28, 2009
MSF is very concerned for the safety of an estimated 250,000 people trapped in heavy fighting in the Vanni in northern Sri Lanka. Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been wounded and killed during the last days as the LTTE-controlled area has shrunk in the face of the government of Sri Lanka’s military offensive.
Field News | September 12, 2008
Following a directive from the government of Sri Lanka earlier this week, MSF withdrew its staff yesterday from Kilinochchi town, in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-controlled Vanni area. MSF is very concerned about the possible consequences of ongoing hostilities for the people still living in the area, and the impact of displacement on the health of the population.
Field News | January 28, 2008
In Sri Lanka, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are present at Point Pedro, in the Jaffna Peninsula, where the population is still isolated by the conflict. In spite of restrictions imposed by the governmental authorities, MSF pursues its activities in a region increasingly affected by war.
Special Report | December 18, 2007
Field News | April 26, 2007
Shortly after midnight, the MSF team in the city Vavuniya was awoken by the telephone. A night bus full of passengers was hit by a bomb explosion on the provincial road 30 kilometers outside the city. Some passengers were killed, and dozens were wounded. The team worked through the night to treat the victims of the bombing.
Field News | January 24, 2007
Throughout 2006, tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka while at least 15,000 people have fled to India. For the past nine months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been pushing to provide medical assistance to the population living in the conflict affected areas of Sri Lanka.
Press Release | January 9, 2007
New York, January 9, 2007 — The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the "Top Ten" Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006, according to the year-end list released today by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The ninth annual list also highlights the lack of media attention paid to the plight of people affected by the consequences of conflict in Haiti, Somalia, Colombia, Chechnya, and central India.
Special Report | December 31, 2006
Field News | October 19, 2006
Despite requests from the Sri Lanka's ministry of health for MSF to provide assistance to several hospitals in the north of the country, MSF has so far only been allowed to begin activities in Point Pedro Hospital on the Jaffna Peninsula. However, MSF teams have now had to suspend their medical activities and withdraw from the only hospital where it had been permitted to work.
Field News | September 26, 2006
Since August, major fighting in northeastern Sri Lanka has forced more than 200,000 persons to leave their homes. It has become increasingly difficult to deliver aid to populations affected by the conflict and several regions have been cut off entirely from outside aid. Judith Soussan, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission in Sri Lanka, elaborates.
Field News | August 11, 2006
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is deeply shocked and outraged by the announcement of the killing of 17 members of Action Contra la Faim/Action Against Hunger in Sri Lanka. MSF is concerned about the turn this conflict is taking. Since hostilities resumed, the level of violence directed at civilian populations and humanitarian aid workers has increased. Gabriel Trujillo and Denis Lemasson, MSF program officers for Sri Lanka, react to the news.
Press Release | August 9, 2006
Paris/New York, August 9, 2006 – Deeply shocked by the killing of 17 Sri Lankan colleagues working with Action Against Hunger in Sri Lanka, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) demands that access to victims of the conflict there and security of humanitarian aid workers be guaranteed.
Press Release | January 31, 2005
31 January 2005 - A little over one month after the tsunami hit Southeast Asia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is publishing a detailed report of its emergency relief activities to assist the victims of the disaster. Since the beginning of the crisis, over 200 international MSF volunteers and 2,000 metric tons of supplies have been sent to the region. Today, 127 international volunteers are helping in Aceh, Indonesia, 36 in Sri Lanka, and 6 in India, working side by side with national staff.
Field News | January 19, 2005
Tonia Marquardt, MD, was dispatched on December 31, 2004 to Sri Lanka, where she served as a field coordinator for the Trincomalee emergency on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
Press Release | December 28, 2004
December 28, 2004 - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency medical teams are assessing the needs of populations in the areas hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. MSF is airlifting more than 60 tons of medical, surgical, and water-and-sanitation equipment to Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Currently, MSF teams are on the ground in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Op-Eds & Articles | April 27, 2002
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