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October 20, 2017
October 17, 2017

Iraqis are returning home in Mosul after years of violence to find their houses rigged with explosive devices and their cities uninhabitable, according to international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The destruction of buildings and infrastructure means that returning families, particularly in West Mosul, end up living in partially or totally ruined homes, with almost no access to clean water, electricity or medical care.

A camp for Rohingya. After many days of rain it's been flooded. Image shows many people trying to walk through waist-deep water.
October 10, 2017

“Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people crammed along a narrow peninsula trying to find what shelter they can. It’s essentially a massive rural slum – and one of the worst slums imaginable. There are hardly any latrines so people have tried to rig up their own plastic sheeting around four bamboo poles, but there’s nowhere for their waste to go except into the stream below. That’s the same stream that just 10 meters away, others are using to collect drinking water. This has all the makings of a public health emergency. Some people are using clothes that they’ve strung together to provide shelter from the elements. But after two days of torrential rain and tropical thunderstorms, some communities’ shelter and few belongings have completely washed away. It’s a horrific situation and you see the devastation and the absolute lack of any comfort whatsoever. I can only imagine how incredibly terrible it must have been in their home village, if this is what they chose. If this is the better option, the other must have been a living hell.

October 06, 2017

In this week's episode of PULSE: Does even war have rules? International humanitarian law is supposed to protect civilians from atrocities and allows MSF access to people affected by conflict, but governments are failing to live up to their obligations.

Image: A field tent set up as a Cholera Treatment Centre. Patients, mostly children, lie on beds while receiving treatmeny. IV bags hang from the ceiling providing fluids to patients. An MSF staff member is present.
September 26, 2017

Since the cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 9 September, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated 17,000 people after setting up around 30 units and treatment centres. The outbreak has already spread across 20 provinces, a situation never seen before in the country, and has not yet been brought under control. MSF is urging for increased prevention and awareness-raising activities, as well as the need for more organisations to get involved in the response to tackle the epidemic.

September 21, 2017

A massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a massive public health disaster following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, says the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

September 21, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed four of its psychosocial support teams to several areas of Mexico City and is closely evaluating the psychological and medical needs in the state of Morelos following the strong earthquake that took place on Tuesday, September 19.

September 18, 2017

International humanitarian organizations must immediately be granted independent and unfettered access, including for international staff, to alleviate massive humanitarian needs in Rakhine State, Myanmar, says the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

September 15, 2017

After 14 years of presence in Pakistan’s Kurram district, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is withdrawing from the area. The authorities have refused to issue a No Objection Certificate (NoC) without providing any explanation. Without a valid NoC, MSF cannot continue medical activities in Kurram Agency.

September 07, 2017

In an open letter to European leaders published today, MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu calls on political leaders to acknowledge that closed-border migration policies are driving vulnerable people into horrific mistreatment at the hands of smugglers in Libya.

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