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August 21, 2015

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team operating in the Idomeni area on the border between Macedonia and Greece today received ten people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian border troops.

The situation in the area is currently in a state of chaos, with 3,000 migrants and refugees being violently prevented by Macedonian troops from crossing the border. Tear gas has been used to disperse crowds, and there is widespread fear, panic and frustration among the refugees.

August 21, 2015

Nearly 28,000 people have recently taken refuge in the Diffa region in Niger after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its medical activities and is taking measures to improve the health situation in the two newest settlements.

Ahmad Samro, a project manager for MSF in Niger, describes the situation in Diffa.

 

August 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in northern Cameroon are in need of humanitarian aid after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. MSF teams are scaling up their assistance to the refugees and to local communities.

August 21, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

August 20, 2015

The last few weeks have brought unprecedented high temperatures to much of the Middle East. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, home to at least 410,000 refugees, temperatures have reached as high as 42 degrees. The heat isn’t just bringing discomfort; it’s bringing sickness.

August 17, 2015

In Tumaco, Nariño Department, Colombia, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has responded to an increase in Chikungunya, a viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

August 17, 2015

Two weeks after severe flooding affected an estimated one million people across Myanmar, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its support to the government’s response in both Rakhine State and Sagaing Region.

This will both help meet the immediate needs of those directly affected by flooding, and mitigate the elevated risk facing communities from water- and mosquito-borne infectious diseases, including malaria, diarrhea, and dengue fever.

 

August 14, 2015

Large spikes in malaria across South Sudan are raising the possibility of a second consecutive season marked by exceptionally high numbers of malaria cases and preventable deaths unless urgent action is taken to reinforce access to treatment in the most high-risk areas, the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns.

August 14, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounces the recent air strikes on and next to nine hospitals across Idlib province, in northwest Syria, including three hospitals supported by MSF. These attacks took place over a period of four days, between August 7 and 10, and indicate an increasing pattern of healthcare structures and civilians being affected as a result of the ongoing war.

August 06, 2015

An estimated 110,000 people are sheltering from the violence of South Sudan’s ongoing civil conflict at a United Nations Protection of Civilians camp in Bentiu, where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a hospital providing primary health care.  Dr. Ruby Siddiqui is an epidemiologist supporting MSF field projects with medical surveillance, monitoring, and outbreak investigation. She’s currently in Bentiu, and reports on the increasing health risks to the population there.

 

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