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Heavy fighting in central and northern Helmand Province between the Afghan forces and opposition forces has led to an increase in the numbers of war-wounded presenting to the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-supported Boost Hospital, in Lashkargah. During the most intense phase of the fighting, from June 21 to July 5, MSF medical teams working in the hospital treated 68 patients with injuries related to the clashes.

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From July 20 to 25, the international community will gather at the International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, in order to explore strategies to beat the greatest pandemic of our times. HIV still kills 1.6 million people every year, most of them in poor countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In order to bring life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) to the nearly 16 million who still need it worldwide, it is crucial to alleviate one of the main barriers preventing them from accessing care: distance to the health centres where they can get these drugs.

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A cholera outbreak that began in January in Bauchi State, northeastern Nigeria, is now over. More than 15,500 cases were reported, about 14,000 of which were treated by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in Bauchi.   

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Women, men and children are being abducted for months at a time by armed militias and made to work as sex slaves and forced labourers in the gold and diamond mining region of the Okapi forest, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a terror campaign that shows no signs of stopping.

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The intensity of bombings in the Israeli military operation “Protective Edge” makes it extremely dangerous for the population — and for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical teams  in Gaza to move around. As of today, hospitals in Gaza are managing to cope with the influx of wounded arriving.

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Over the last two weeks, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated more than 70 patients with symptoms resembling those of Ebola in Kailahun treatment centre, eastern Sierra Leone. MSF is concerned about a possible increase in patients in the coming weeks, as teams on the ground start working to find people sick with the virus.

“To accommodate growing patient numbers, MSF has expanded the capacity of the treatment centre from 32 to 65 beds”, says MSF emergency coordinator Anja Wolz.

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The Ebola fever epidemic currently raging in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is of an unprecedented scale. Since March this year, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated more than 250 confirmed cases.

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Since late 2013, violence in northern and western Iraq has increased dramatically, with grave consequences for civilians caught in the crossfire. In recent weeks, some 500,000 people have reportedly fled Iraq’s second city, Mosul, after it came under the control of armed opposition groups. Fabio Forgione, MSF’s head of mission, brings us the latest from Iraq.

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Three Syrian doctors, now working for MSF, recall their own remarkable journeys as refugees, from treating Syrians in war-torn Syria to treating Syrian refugees in Iraq. To commemorate World Refugee Day today (June 20), MSF is highlighting their stories and acknowledging their contributions and their sacrifices.

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Since January, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been providing medical aid to refugees who have arrived in Ethiopia from the civil conflict currently taking place in South Sudan. Teams treat refugees in need of medical assistance when they arrive at transit centres or at the Lietchuor camp for displaced persons in Ethiopia’s Gambella region.

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