Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in more than 60 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.



March 15, 2018

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse and general director Meinie Nicolai recently spoke with the Syrian director of an MSF-supported hospital in besieged eastern Ghouta, where casualties are soaring and stocks of essential medical supplies are dwindling. Here, she recounts the conversation.

Most people in eastern Ghouta live underground. Medical care is increasingly provided in basements. What is happening there cannot bear the light of day.

March 08, 2018

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—A relentless military offensive in Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta enclave is causing widespread disaster and massive casualties, with at least 4,829 people wounded and 1,005 dead within two weeks, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, drawing on data from hospitals and clinics that MSF supports.

March 02, 2018

This maternity hospital in East Ghouta, Syria, was hit on February 23, 2018, one of 15 MSF-supported medical facilities damaged by bombing and shelling in recent days. MSF-supported facilities in East Ghouta have reported receiving more than 4,050 wounded and more than 770 dead between February 18-27. 

February 26, 2018

On the night of Sunday, February 25, a female doctor who manages a field hospital in besieged eastern Ghouta that has received medical supplies, financial support, and technical medical advice and training from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2013 recorded her thoughts about the current situation she and her colleagues are facing. Both her name and the location of the medical facility have been withheld to protect her safety.

February 24, 2018

MSF is calling for an immediate ceasefire in order to treat the sick and wounded in Syria's besieged East Ghouta enclave. Hospitals and clinics supported by MSF in East Ghouta have seen more than 520 dead and treated 2,500 wounded after just five days of intense bombing and shelling between February 18 and February 23, among them many women and children.

February 21, 2018

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—Thirteen hospitals and clinics that receive support from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been damaged or destroyed over the past three days amid an extraordinary increase in bombing and shelling over the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta, MSF said today. Meanwhile, lifesaving medical supplies urgently needed to treat mass casualties are being restricted by the ongoing siege on the area.

January 24, 2018

Intense fighting, including air strikes and ground shelling, has dramatically intensified in northern Syria since mid-December 2017, fueling one of the largest displacements of people since the war began. The increased violence, concentrated in areas of northeastern Hama, southern Aleppo, and southern Idlib governorates, is taking a profound toll on a population already suffering from nearly seven years of conflict.

January 04, 2018

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff at the organization's reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, are helping to heal the bodies and minds of war-wounded patients from across the Middle East. A team of surgeons operates on victims of conflict whose often complex wounds were caused by bullets, bomb blasts, and explosions. In addition to providing orthopedic, maxillofacial, and plastic and burn surgery, the hospital offers physiotherapy and mental health counseling.

November 30, 2017

Six weeks after Raqqa was retaken from the so-called Islamic State, former residents of the Syrian city and its surrounding areas are returning to find their homes in ruins and their streets and fields littered with the dangerous remnants of war, including booby traps, landmines, ammunition, and rockets. From November 19 to 28, 49 patients with blast injuries arrived at the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in a neighborhood in eastern Raqqa.

November 15, 2017

After a four-and-a-half–month offensive, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an international coalition finally recaptured the city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The widespread devastation in Raqqa attests to the intensity of the fighting and air strikes—and raises questions about the fate of the city’s residents, civilians who, from the start of the offensive, were trapped with no access to humanitarian aid. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of emergency operations Natalie Roberts reflects on the situation.