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January 23, 2015

As fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine to a level not seen since August, the situation for civilians caught in the conflict zone is now dire. With doctors working in hospitals close to the front line struggling to treat the wounded with dwindling supplies, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are stepping up their support, but continued shelling and the closure of checkpoints is preventing them from reaching the hardest hit areas.

 

January 23, 2015

A hospital operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was directly targeted in an aerial bombing in Sudan on January 20, forcing the suspension of medical activities, MSF announced today.

January 21, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas recently helped open a medical and psychological support program for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic (CAR). She was in CAR between April and December 2014. She discusses some of the cases she saw during that time below.

 

By Hélène Thomas

January 20, 2015

For the first time in almost a year, tens of thousands of people are once again able to access basic healthcare and emergency referrals from medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

January 16, 2015

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Up to 20,000 people in the southern tip of Malawi most affected by the current floods remain cut off from the rest of the country, without food, health care or ways to prevent possible outbreaks, the humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

January 13, 2015

In the wake of a major attack carried out by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on the town of Baga, in northern Nigeria, a team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is assisting survivors who have fled to the city of Maiduguri. A large number of people are believed to have been killed in the attack – the deadliest by Boko Haram in five years – while thousands more have been displaced from their homes in Baga, in the north of Borno state.

January 08, 2015

A clinical trial of a possible treatment for Ebola began on January 1 at ELWA 3, the Ebola Management Centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

January 05, 2015

During two weeks in December, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) carried out a measles vaccination campaign in Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that reached 90,887 young people. This was 20 percent more than the expected immunization target. Ana de la Osada, the medical focal point for the campaign, tells the story of MSF’s fight in Minova against measles, which is known locally as “suluby.”

 

By Ana de la Osada

December 17, 2014

As part of its ongoing emergency response to Ebola in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has carried out the largest-ever distribution of anti-malarial medicine in Sierra Leone, in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Health. Teams distributed 1.5 million anti-malarial treatments to residents of the capital Freetown and five districts in the surrounding Western Area over four days, with the aim of protecting people from malaria during the disease’s peak season.

December 12, 2014

The Ebola situation has improved in Liberia’s Lofa County, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has decided to withdraw from the area. New actors have arrived to help, and since October 30 there have been no more Ebola patients in the Ebola Management Centre (EMC) in Foya. The success of MSF’s intervention in northern Liberia can be considered a model of response, benefitting from a comprehensive approach and constant community involvement.

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