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September 26, 2016

Pat Gould and Kim Letson are not ones to shy away from a challenge, and this fall they’ve decided to take on yet another. From September to October, the two friends from the Comox Valley in British Columbia will be walking through three countries along the 1,000-kilometre Via Egnatia route in southeastern Europe to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s annual Walk Without Borders challenge.

May 05, 2016

Last year, 75 hospitals managed or supported by international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were bombed. This was in violation of the most fundamental rules of war which gives protected status to medical facilities and its patients, regardless if the patients are civilians or wounded combatants. Beyond the hospitals, civilians are being wounded and killed by indiscriminate warfare in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. At the same time, the treatment of refugees and migrants in Europe and beyond has shown a shocking lack of humanity. A humanitarian summit, at which states, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations come together to discuss these urgent issues, has never been more needed. So the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) this month could have been a perfect opportunity.

November 18, 2015

The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 60 injured people at its trauma centre in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, on Monday after grenades exploded in several of the city’s neighbourhoods.

October 02, 2015

MSF emergency physician, Ignace Adah, provided healthcare for vulnerable patients in Burundi after an attempted coup d'état caused political violence and unrest in the country.

August 26, 2015

Violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, over the past four months have seen hundreds injured and some 185,000 people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence.

July 30, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) completed a cholera vaccination campaign this week in Tanzania’s overflowing Nyarugusu camp, where people fleeing unrest in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo have taken shelter.

July 22, 2015

As large numbers of refugees fleeing unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded refugee camp of Nyarugusu “has reached breaking point”, according to Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Today Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a new centre for obstetrical emergencies in Kabezi, in the vast province of Bujumbura Rural that encircles the country’s capital. This specialised centre is an essential part of MSF’s work in Burundi, providing medical care for women with complications during pregnancy or delivery that cannot be treated in other health centres.

This Friday, emergency medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will hand over the Seruka Centre, in Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura, to a local association. For the past six years, the centre has been specializing in the treatment of survivors of sexual violence. “Initiative Seruka pour les victimes de Viol” (Seruka Initiative for Victims of Rape, known locally as ISV) was created in 2008 by Burundi MSF staff members working in the Seruka Centre.

Heavy rains in the province of Bujumbura Rural, Burundi, caused Rusizi River to burst its banks and flood the Médecins Sans Frontières Centre for Obstetrical Emergencies in Kabezi (CURGO), where 42 women and 10 newborns were hospitalized. To date, other houses near the river have not been severely affected.

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