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10.30.2014

A survey of TB diagnostic and treatment practices in eight countries, October 2014.

MSF briefing paper, December 2014

What began in 2011 in Syria as protests inspired by the Arab Spring has become an entrenched and bloody conflict that shows no sign of resolution. Today, with an estimated 200,000 people killed and 7.6 million people displaced within the country and 3.2 million refugees registered outside, Syria is seen as the world’s most grave humanitarian disaster. In the face of this crisis, the previously functioning health system has collapsed and scores of thousands of medical staff have fled.

Iraq experienced a dramatic surge in violence in 2014 that triggered successive large-scale waves of displacement. More than 2.6 million people are said to have fled war-torn the central and northern areas of Iraq, particularly Al-Anbar, Ninawa, Salah Al-Din, Kirkuk and Diyala governorates.

April 21, 2015

Two months after the Minsk agreement, the situation in Eastern Ukraine is, on the whole, calm. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expanded its medical activities to respond to remaining medical needs on both sides of the frontline.

April 21, 2015

Medical needs remain urgent for both residents and people displaced by conflict on both sides of the front line in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian health workers have left rebel-held areas, leaving thousands of people in remote villages without access to adequate health care. Many medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and there are critical shortages of both basic and specialized medicines and supplies.

March 19, 2015

Since May 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has supported around 100 medical facilities on both sides of the front line in Ukraine with medical supplies, in addition to running an ongoing psychological support program. To address difficulties people in rural areas face accessing health care and medicines after more than ten months of conflict, MSF is also running mobile clinics in 25 locations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

March 19, 2015

Since May 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has supported around 100 medical facilities on both sides of the frontline in Ukraine with medical supplies, in addition to running an ongoing psychological support program. To address difficulties people in rural areas face accessing health care and medicines after more than ten months of conflict, MSF is also running mobile clinics in 25 locations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

March 03, 2015

Though fighting in eastern Ukraine has declined since a ceasefire came into effect on February 15, shelling continues in some areas and medical needs remain urgent on both sides of the frontline. Residents and displaced people alike are living in extremely precarious conditions, many medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and there are critical shortages of basic and specialized medicines and medical supplies.

March 03, 2015

An MSF team managed to reach Debaltseve on February 21, three days after the rebels took the city in Eastern Ukraine. Olivier Antonin, MSF’s emergency coordinator, was part of the team that provided medical aid and evaluated the medical needs there. He describes what he saw in this devastated city.

February 18, 2015

Alyona, 24, is from Debaltseve, a heavily contested city on the front line of the Ukrainian conflict. When fighting intensified in January, Alyona, her husband, and her two-year old son Gleb took shelter in the basement, but eventually the situation became unbearable and they fled the city on January 29, 2015.

February 13, 2015

The industrial city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine is under constant shelling, its hospitals are overwhelmed with wounded, and medical supplies have run out, leaving many doctors no choice but to stitch up patients with fishing line. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon Dr. Michael Roesch is supporting the Ukrainian surgical team in Hospital #2. Here, he describes his experience:

February 10, 2015

Irina Savchuk is staying with her children at a center for displaced people in the town of Konstantinovka. The center, formerly a shelter for homeless people, was under reconstruction when the conflict started in eastern Ukraine. Although it wasn’t yet finished, the local authorities decided to open the centef for people who had to flee the fighting in nearby areas. It’s now run by local people and eight families live in the center, sharing the small kitchen and old bathroom. Irina shares her story and MSF’s psychologist Elena Bogatskaya talks about the enormous emotional impact of the violence.

February 03, 2015

As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, MSF urges all parties to the conflict to halt shelling of hospitals and ensure civilians can reach safe places.

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