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February 25, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) began providing vaccinations this week for at least 18,000 children under the age of 15, mostly living the Batangafo camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Central African Republic (CAR). The camp has become the largest in the country, with a population of around 35,000 people.  Besides vaccinations agains measles and polio, the children will receive vitamins and treatment against parasites.

February 19, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict in Syria to facilitate the evacuation of the wounded following  fierce clashes in Aleppo, a city in northern Syria where the population has been trapped by fighting and aerial bombardments for months. A new wave of displaced families is fleeing to the Turkish border.

February 13, 2015

Since the end of November, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in the Yida refugee camp, in South Sudan’s Unity State, have been responding to a spike in measles cases that is primarily affecting the young. Many of the sick children recently arrived in Yida after fleeing with their families from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region, where bombardments and fighting between rebels and the Sudanese government forces have intensified of late.

February 03, 2015

A trial of the experimental Ebola drug brincidofovir in Liberia has been halted due to a significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, coupled with the January 30 announcement by the drug’s manufacturer that it would no longer participate in the trial.

Led by Oxford University, the trial into a potential treatment for the disease was launched in early January in an Ebola management centre run by international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Liberian capital Monrovia.  

February 03, 2015

As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict to halt shelling of hospitals and ensure civilians can reach safe places. In response to the surge in violence over the last two weeks, the organization is urgently expanding its support to hospitals on both sides of the front line as doctors try to deal with influxes of wounded patients and continued heavy fighting traps civilians in frontline towns.

January 30, 2015

Following the January 3 attack by Boko Haram in the town of Baga in northern Nigeria, 5,000 people have fled to a displacement camp in Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is providing medical assistance to the new arrivals, and MSF teams are also working in neighbouring Niger, where refugees have also been arriving. With the upcoming risk of electoral violence, MSF teams in the south of Nigeria are preparing an emergency response plan.

January 29, 2015

Three weeks later after Malawi was devastated by the largest floods in living memory, people are still struggling to get on with their lives. Some must also continue to plan for events that even floods can’t disrupt — like the arrival of a new baby. The following piece tells the story of Berita, an expectant mother who had to overcome unanticipated adversity to deliver her new baby.

January 28, 2015

More than one year after the start of the emergency response to help refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been fleeing to the eastern part of Cameroon, the work of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues. These refugees remain vulnerable, with many suffering from psychological trauma.

January 26, 2015

A downward trend of new cases has been reported at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Ebola management centres across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with just over 50 patients currently in eight centres. While this is a promising development, the medical humanitarian organization cautions that loss of vigilance now would jeopardize the progress made in stemming the epidemic.

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.

 

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