Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

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September 11, 2017

Recent attacks on Zemio, in southeast Central African Republic, have closed the hospital and forced the city’s population, including MSF staff members, to flee. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator Wil van Roekel describes the ramifications of the violence for patients, including on some 1,600 HIV patients who need daily medication to survive.

August 16, 2017

Despite the end of Colombia’s 50-year long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People’s Army (FARC–EP) in November 2016, violence continues to have serious consequences for people’s lives and health.

South Sudan Uganda SGBV sexual and gender-based violence
June 19, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled intense violence in South Sudan now live in refugee settlements like Bidi Bidi and Imvepi in neighboring Uganda. Despite this massive influx, the international humanitarian response is still woefully insufficient, especially when it comes to treating survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Since March 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care for survivors of SGBV in Bidi Bidi and launched similar services in Imvepi in May.

August 03, 2016

“20,000 people displaced from the east and heading this way . . . We need to investigate this as a priority.’’ 

I’m staring at the laptop screen, trying to make sense of the list of Congolese towns and villages people are moving between. I’ve only been here in DRC for two weeks, and the names are heavy with vowels and ‘k’s. I search the crappy map – an A4 print-out with muddy thumb smudges and a classic tea stain - even in the center of the African continent, a Brit is capable of reproducing this quintessential office stamp. 

March 31, 2016

Dr. Kathleen Thomas is an intensive care doctor from Australia who was on her first mission in Doctors Without Borders’/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF’s) Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan from May 2015 until the US airstrikes on October 3. Here she describes a typical day in the hospital and the events that unfolded during the week of intense fighting leading up to the attack.[1]

March 08, 2016

Providing psychological support to victims of sexual violence without delay is a priority for MSF staff. The patient must be able to speak confidentially and share their burden in an environment of trust. Early, appropriate psychological support and comfort are essential to a victim’s recovery.

March 08, 2016

These stories have been bravely shared by women and girls cared for by MSF in our medical humanitarian projects. Each woman, or child in the company of their guardian, has given consent for their stories to be shared. Their hope, and ours, is that you can bear witness to their suffering, and contribute to breaking down the barriers to addressing sexual violence.

November 13, 2015

On October 26, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike destroyed the hospital in Haydan, Yemen, supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Here, Miriam Czech, MSF program coordinator in Yemen, describes what she saw in the town in the days following the bombing.

August 25, 2015

Over the past four months, violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura have caused hundreds injuries and displaced some 185,000 people into neighboring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission Bruno Duchenne describes the situation.

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