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March 07, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse practitioner Sara Ferrer currently serves as coordinator of MSF's medical projects in areas of northern Syria's Aleppo Governorate. Here she discusses the importance of vaccination campaigns for children in the war-ravaged country.

February 21, 2017

People are constantly on the move in South Sudan’s Leer and Mayendit counties, where shifting front lines of conflict frequently force residents to flee their homes. Repeated attacks on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Leer have further complicated the situation, necessitating new approaches to health care provision. Here, MSF doctor Philippa Pett describes how her team of South Sudanese staff has adapted to provide health care to people on the move through a flexible network of mobile clinics.

January 20, 2017

At least 90 people were killed and 120 wounded on January 17 in an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian military on a camp for displaced people in Rann, in the east of Nigeria’s Borno State. A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team, which had started work in the camp just a few days earlier, provided first aid to 120 wounded people in the tented clinic—the only health facility in the area.

January 12, 2017

Despite the “back-to-school ceasefire”—an agreement signed in September to guarantee a safe environment for children to attend school after the summer—shelling continues in many villages located near the front line areas in eastern Ukraine. After nearly three years of conflict, civilians still bear the brunt of the ongoing violence, with more than 1.7 million forced from their homes, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the International Organization for Migration.

December 08, 2016

Dr. Abu Wassim was working inside the East Aleppo hospital that was hit by airstrikes on November 17, 2016. Here, in an interview recorded a week later, he tells the story of that day:

“We started hearing shells raining down on the buildings at the end of the street, about 500 meters away from the hospital. We heard 40 or more shells exploding, with the noise moving closer and closer towards the hospital. That’s when all the staff—technicians, nurses and doctors—evacuated all the patients down to the basement.

December 02, 2016

On his way to meet friends for coffee not long ago, Abu Ahmed*, a 27-year-old computer repairman living in eastern Aleppo, was injured by a cluster bomb. Four weeks later, his bone fracture has failed to heal. His only hope is specialist orthopedic surgery in Turkey, but Abu Ahmed cannot leave his besieged hometown. Bedridden, he now watches in despair as his neighborhood is further reduced to rubble after the latest waves of unrelenting airstrikes.

On November 24 and 28, 2016, he recounted his experience.

November 29, 2016

A doctor* in a makeshift clinic in the East Ghouta area near Damascus told MSF the following about the latest attacks in the area:

In the past three weeks, we’ve experienced new waves of strikes coming from the sky and the ground. These strikes have been hitting residential areas, particularly schools. There are still functioning medical centers but we are barely coping with this new wave of violence.

November 11, 2016

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding while the world watches and does nothing. Months of siege and the indiscriminate bombing by the Syrian government and its allies have left the population of eastern Aleppo in desperate straits and its health system in tatters.

October 14, 2016

With intensive care units full and medical supplies running out, eastern Aleppo’s seven remaining hospitals cannot cope for much longer, says surgeon Dr. Abu Huthaifa.

October 10, 2016

“What is clear is that we have lost the capacity to help in any major way,” says MSF's head of mission for Syria projects. Only 35 doctors remain in east Aleppo and they are overwhelmed with needs.

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