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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June 20, 2017

Part of the reason the Refugee Convention was drafted was in response to the extreme suffering to which people fleeing violence and persecution are often exposed. In order to protect refugees, the convention sought to establish their rights and to outline the obligations that states have to protect them. But in 2017, while the global legal consensus on the rights of refugees remains intact, the humanitarian spirit that led to the convention appears to be in short supply.

May 18, 2017

Canadian project coordinator Will Plowright, who recently returned from working with MSF in Central African Republic, shares the story of one of his closest friends and colleagues, and highlights the crucial role that MSF's locally hired national staff — who make up more than 80 per cent of MSF's employees worldwide — play in our ability to deliver lifesaving care.

May 11, 2017

Today marks the release of a new report by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) that shines a light on a humanitarian crisis taking place just south of Canada and the United States, along the migration corridor from Central America northward through Mexico.

May 01, 2017

This past fall, Karina Zavala, a soccer coach from St John’s, Newfoundland, took to the pitch to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). By hosting a soccer tournament at her local athletic club, Karina brought her community together and in doing so developed a better understanding of the difference she was making at both home and abroad.

April 25, 2017

Having worked as supply logisticians in Baraka, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) isn’t the only thing Marilyne Bouchard and Jocelyn Murphy have in common — much to their surprise, the two recently discovered they’re also long-lost cousins.

April 03, 2017

For her next assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), communications manager Sandra Smiley may be returning with a different title: Dr. Smiley. After a 10-year hiatus, the Chilliwack, BC native has returned to school to study life science courses with the hopes of being admitted to medical school.

April 03, 2017

Alden Hadwen is Director of Community Engagement at Aimia, a marketing and loyalty analytics company that runs the Aeroplan rewards program. Moved by the devastation caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and seeing an opportunity to make a difference, Alden helped arrange a large donation of Aeroplan miles to MSF to offset travel costs and allow for more donor support to be directed to MSF’s lifesaving medical work.

April 03, 2017

MSF Canada executive director Stephen Cornish speaks about MSF's decision to release evidence of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons on civilians.

April 03, 2017

Although the imperative to speak out in the face of atrocity is fundamental to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s identity, it is rarely a simple decision. Public criticisms of host governments or armed combatants can suddenly deprive our teams of access to the patients who need them most, and in some cases can put those patients directly at risk. Every scenario, moreover, is unique, and MSF must often grapple with difficult ethical dilemmas without the benefit of enough time for reflection or more complete information.

April 03, 2017

While Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will often decide to speak out about specific issues that affect our patients, the principle of témoignage goes well beyond official statements. It is lived and observed every day by the thousands of MSF staff members who bear witness to suffering on the front lines of humanitarian crises around the world.