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July 20, 2015

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) applauds the results of the Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START) trial, released today at the International AIDS Society Conference (IAS) in Vancouver, showing that immediate treatment is beneficial for the individual regardless of the status of his or her immune system.

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 16, 2015

* story updated below

Up to 20,000 people in the southern tip of Malawi most affected by the current floods remain cut off from the rest of the country, without food, health care or ways to prevent possible outbreaks, the humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

December 02, 2014

The international response to Ebola in West Africa has so far been patchy and slow, and has left local people, national governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to do most of the practical, hands-on work. Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today that the international community must not fail twice with a response that is slow in the first instance and ill-adapted later on.

November 24, 2014

 

The creators of Africa Stop Ebola, a charity single recorded to raise awareness about the outbreak of the disease in West Africa, have announced that all proceeds* from the song will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali and beyond.

November 21, 2014

After a new case of Ebola was detected in the Malian capital, Bamako, on November 11, the international medical organization Médécins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has reinforced its team and expanded its activities to help stop the disease from spreading further.  

July 29, 2013

Johanne Sekkenes, Mali head of mission, has just returned and comments on the current humanitarian situation in Mali.

May 31, 2013

Near the end of the second community outreach clinic day, organized specifically for Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) in Nsanje, Malawi, Isabella, a shy young woman arrives. That day, she and two of her friends are tested for HIV and her test result is positive. Through counseling and encouragement to start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, Isabella finally admits to the counselor that she already knew she was positive. She had missed two appointments at the hospital ARV treatment clinic and, after this, she had been too embarrassed to go back. Instead, she is taking pills from friends – honestly or dishonestly – to continue her medication. Scared, she came to our clinic looking for help.

April 12, 2013

Some 70,000 refugees from Mali are living in difficult conditions in the middle of the Mauritanian desert, with ethnic tensions in northern Mali quashing any hopes of a swift return home. A report released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), called Stranded in the desert, calls on aid organizations to urgently renew efforts to meet the refugees’ basic needs.

April 03, 2013

Sporadic clashes between soldiers and armed groups prevent residents from travelling within Timbuktu, and people have reportedly died from their injuries because of their inability to reach health facilities due to the fighting. MSF calls on all warring parties to respect civilians and to facilitate access to medical facilities.
For more than one year, MSF teams have been providing medical care, including surgery, to patients and wounded persons associated with all parties to the conflict. In recent months, MSF has admitted approximately 40 patients and performed an average of 15 operations per week at the Timbuktu hospital.

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