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December 05, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treats nearly 10,000 malnourished children each year in the town of Dera Murad Jamali and surroundings, in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan. Levels of malnutrition in this part of Balochistan are among the highest in the country. Here, patients, caretakers, and doctors tell us reasons why.

 

December 02, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières field coordinator Omar Ahmed Abenza writes from Najaf, southern Iraq, where MSF is assisting internally displaced families in Diwaniya, Kerbala, and Babil with non-food item distribution, mobile clinics, and health promotion. 

September 08, 2014

 

“A lot of people are surprised that talking and counseling can help,” says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist Saràh Dina. “It is a very medication dependent society. When someone has a problem they tend to just take a pill.”

Dina recently completed a nine-month assignment in Pakistan, where she coordinated the work of a team of MSF mental health counselors working in Balochistan province. Here, she discusses what she saw, heard, and learned during the experience:

August 20, 2014

MSF project coordinator Will Harper describes the situation in Iraq's Erbil government, where MSF is working to provide care to some 250,000 people displaced by widespread violence.

August 20, 2014

 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was the first health actor to arrive at the desolate displacement camp of Bharka last week—a camp in Erbil governorate where over 2,500 people, mainly Sunni and Shia Iraqis from Mosul, have now settled. Most families had initially found shelter from the scorching sun in an abandoned hangar at the camp, some six miles from the outskirts of Erbil, after an exhausting journey.

Ali, a middle-aged man and father of seven children, is at the MSF clinic in Bharka Camp for a consultation.

August 11, 2014

Gilles Pelissier, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator in Gaza, is responsible for the security of MSF teams in the area. Yesterday he was waiting for the announcement of a new ceasefire while following the information on the negotiations which were taking place in Cairo between Israelis and Palestinians.

August 08, 2014

Dr. Abu Abed, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator in Gaza, waited to hear on Friday morning if the ceasefire—due to end at 8:00AM—would be extended.

August 06, 2014

 

A three-day ceasefire has gone into effect in Gaza. Michèle Beck, medical team leader for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), describes the situation on the ground.

"A new 72-hour truce was declared yesterday morning. Until then, I had been skeptical about truces, as previous ones had barely been observed. But, this time, the Israeli army announced its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. And, very quickly, we felt a change.

August 01, 2014

 

Michele Beck, a medical referent with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is in Gaza City, explains what MSF teams have and have not been able to do in the last few days.

A 72-hour truce began this morning, but it did not last long. During the truce we had planned to go to Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, to see if they needed any additional supplies or staff. But we couldn’t—we had to turn around as the fighting resumed.

July 21, 2014

MSF nurse Sarah Woznick describes her experience providing intensive care in Gaza's Nasser hospital.

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