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March 20, 2017

Nicholas Gildersleeve is a Canadian from Frelighsburg, Quebec, who until recently served as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s head of mission in Bolivia — a country with the world’s highest incidence of Chagas, which is endemic in 60 per cent of its territory. The disease, which is found almost exclusively in Latin America and is transmitted by triatomine insects (also known as “kissing bugs”), is mostly asymptomatic for the first years of infection, but will often eventually result in debilitating complications that can shorten life expectancy by an average of 10 years. Heart complications are the most common cause of death in infected adults.

July 29, 2016

Hundreds of interviews with people rescued at sea by MSF during 2015 and 2016 have exposed the alarming level of violence and exploitation to which refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are subjected in Libya. Many of those we have rescued report having directly experienced violence in the country, while almost all report witnessing extreme violence against refugees and migrants, including beatings, sexual violence and murder.

September 03, 2015

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search-and-rescue boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos — together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) — yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on May 2.

June 20, 2015

Today is World Refugee Day. Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have fled from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.

April 17, 2015

Calls by Kenyan officials to close the Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya within three months and forcibly return its residents to Somalia would have dramatic and life-threatening consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today.

April 14, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is launching a new project to ensure that people can be diagnosed and treated for Chagas disease in the town of Monteagudo, in the Chuquisaca department of southern Bolivia. In partnership with local healthcare institutions, the organization will develop a comprehensive care model for primary and secondary care that will be integrated into the existing healthcare system.

August 19, 2013

Our announcement on Aug. 14 that we were closing all our medical programs in Somalia sent shock waves through political and humanitarian communities. It came at a moment when world leaders, for the first time in decades, began making positive noises about a country on the road to recovery and with a stable government. For them, the timing of our decision could not have been worse. In media interviews, we were asked to explain the discrepancy between the upbeat tone of governments and our own harsh judgement that led to one of the most painful decisions in MSF history.

August 14, 2013

Abuse and manipulation of humanitarian aid end 22 years of medical aid
Armed groups and civilian leadership support and tolerance of violent attacks against MSF undermine minimum security guarantees needed to maintain assistance programs

July 19, 2013

Families ask for privacy

July 18, 2013

It is with great relief that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, abducted from the Dadaab refugee camp, in Kenya, on Oct. 13, 2011, have been released.

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