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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.

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.

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.

March 15, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting medical facilities in two of the three regions in northern Mali since April 2012 to ensure access to free medical care for those vulnerable due to unrest and violence. However, the insecure environment is preventing the medical teams from carrying out activities in rural areas. Hundreds of refugees are continuing to cross the border to Mauritania every day. The emergency is not yet over for the vast majority of people in northern Mali.

In a new report launched today, the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said many more lives can be saved if new, effective strategies to tackle malaria are more widely implemented.

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