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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 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.

September 01, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya. For more than a year, the international humanitarian organization has been providing medical care to people held inside Tripoli detention centers in conditions that are neither humane nor dignified.

June 22, 2017

Libya is in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis, as large numbers of migrants and refugees have arrived in the country – many seeking passage to Europe. Libya, however, has become a dangerous and inhospitable environment for those fleeing war, famine, and disease in their home countries. Many migrants and refugees in Libya have been robbed, tortured, imprisoned, and even killed. Since July 2016, MSF has been providing lifesaving healthcare to refugees and migrants detained in Tripoli. In early 2017, MSF launched a new project to assist migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in the Misrata area. In the following interview, Jean-Guy Vataux, head of mission in Libya, speaks about the challenging and crucial work of MSF teams in the country.

June 20, 2017

Part of the reason the Refugee Convention was drafted was in response to the extreme suffering to which people fleeing violence and persecution are often exposed. In order to protect refugees, the convention sought to establish their rights and to outline the obligations that states have to protect them. But in 2017, while the global legal consensus on the rights of refugees remains intact, the humanitarian spirit that led to the convention appears to be in short supply.

May 24, 2017

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on May 23, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organizations Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée, whose teams witnessed the violent incident.

May 12, 2017

One case of Ebola has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Likati health zone of Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of nine cases, including three deaths are so far being investigated.

May 02, 2017

Since the end of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has been divided by armed conflict and the violence has escalated in recent years. A lack of central authority has allowed people smugglers to operate along the Libyan coast, and many refugees, asylum seekers and migrants hoping to reach Europe begin their dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossings here.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing aid in Libya since 2011. Dr. Tankred Stoebe spent the month of January conducting medical assessments for MSF between the cities of Misrata and Tripoli. He shares some of the details of his journey below.

April 26, 2017

Since November 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has vaccinated over 675,000 children against measles, and cared for more than 14,000 patients, throughout five provinces in Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.

April 25, 2017

Having worked as supply logisticians in Baraka, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) isn’t the only thing Marilyne Bouchard and Jocelyn Murphy have in common — much to their surprise, the two recently discovered they’re also long-lost cousins.

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