Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

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March 25, 2015

Anadan hospital near Aleppo is one of the many hospitals MSF supports with donations of drugs and medical material. Dr. Hassan Hamsho, the director of the Anadan hospital near Aleppo, explains how they manage to provide medical care in this rebel-held area.

March 25, 2015

The Syrian Civil Defense is a group of Syrian volunteers, also named as “the White Helmets,” who provide an ambulance service. MSF organized training on triage of the wounded for White Helmet volunteers in the Idlib area. Dr. Taher Wazzaz, the medical coordinator of the Civil Defense teams in Idlib, explains how they provide first aid to the wounded.

March 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) currently runs six health facilities in northern Syria, but in the majority of the country intense fighting and insecurity bars the organization's teams from providing hands-on medical care. In order to ensure some continuity of medical care in the midst of the war, MSF supports over 100 medical centers across Syria in areas where medical help is most needed, with a focus on besieged communities and active conflict areas where little or no other medical support is being provided.

February 10, 2015

For weeks, the East Ghouta rural area near Damascus, Syria, has been besieged by intense bombing on an almost daily basis. Dr. N, director of a MSF-supported hospital in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus who has asked to remain anonymous, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square on 23 January.

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. 

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.

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