Dispatches is Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada's official magazine. In it, we bring you stories and updates about MSF's lifesaving work, as seen through the eyes of our staff, our patients and our donors — and especially from the perspective of the many Canadians working on the ground with MSF around the world.

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January 12, 2017

Every year, hundreds of Canadians work overseas with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), delivering front-line medical care as part of MSF’s lifesaving emergency programs. We aim to introduce you to some of them, such as Trish Newport, a longtime project coordinator who recently returned from working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

January 06, 2017

Nurses and doctors with work experience in Canada’s north make ideal humanitarian aid workers, and are in high demand by the organization. “We see a definite positive relationship between the quality of the work done in the field and prior experience working in remote, northern communities.”

January 04, 2017

Dr. Bruce Lampard, who has worked overseas with MSF eight times since 2001, and his mother Diane McKenzie are longtime supporters, and both recently decided to leave gifts to MSF in their wills. “MSF has had such an impact on my life that the decision was pretty easy,” says Bruce.

December 19, 2016

Every December, we take the opportunity to not only look back on the past 12 months, but to find reasons for hope heading into the new year. It’s by no means an easy task, especially when focusing on Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s work on the front lines of humanitarian crises around the globe — which by its very nature can often highlight seemingly unending conflicts and growing needs.

December 09, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supporters around the world were thrilled recently when pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that it was reducing the price of its pneumonia vaccine to US$3.10 per dose for humanitarian organizations working in emergency settings. A group of Canadian grandmothers played an active role in supporting the successful campaign, which will help protect the lives of millions of vulnerable children around the world.

November 07, 2016

Yasser was one of the first patients Julie Little worked with as a nurse activity manager with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Al Qa'idah, Yemen. After his initial surgery, Yasser remained unstable, suffering in the ICU from continuous infections.
"He was going into the operating room almost every day. He was eight years old, he should have been out there playing with his friends," says the nurse from Vancouver, British Columbia. "It's hard when you see a lot of young kids coming in with injuries and needing amputations, things that will totally change their lives, and it was just a result of them being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

October 26, 2016

Two thirds of the physicians who apply to work with the Canadian office of the organization are international medical graduates. In the past four years, MSF Canada has recruited over 70 of them as aid workers. The majority were newcomers to Canada, while a small minority were returning Canadians who went to medical school abroad. Owen Campbell, who manages recruitment for MSF Canada, says that international medical graduates wanting to work for MSF have to meet the same requirements as Canadian-trained physicians.

October 25, 2016

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which struck Haiti on October 4, four teams from MSF are assessing the needs at medical facilities and affected communities in five departments of the country: Grande Anse, Sud, Nippes, Artibonite and Nord-Ouest. Access to the affected areas is difficult and the full scale and nature of the needs have yet to be determined. Haitian officials report a death toll in the hundreds that continues to rise. The risk of cholera is very high in affected areas. Canadian physician Dr. Danielle Perriault is on the ground in Haiti, and she shared the following first-person observations.

October 21, 2016

Authorities in France are preparing to shut down the "Jungle," a migration camp near the port city of Calais where thousands of migrants and refugees are trapped as they seek to cross the English Channel to reach the United Kingdom. It is still unclear what will happen to the camp's residents when the closure occurs.

September 27, 2016

Few other surgeons working for Doctor Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) around the world have as much experience treating war-wounded patients as Dr. Edgar Escalante from Vancouver.