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July 05, 2017

The emergency room has turned into a brutal testament to the horrors this battle has inflicted on residents. A little girl told a staff member how she watched her brother die right in front of her. The air is filled with the sound of sobbing, wailing, cries of pain and shock, and guttural exclamations of relief after finally escaping.

July 05, 2017

Extreme levels of conflict and violence in the besieged city of Mosul, Iraq — including airstrikes, bombardment, suicide attacks and gunshots — are taking a devastating toll on residents of the embattled Old City, says the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

May 04, 2017

Emergency trauma surgery is the beginning rather than the end of a long journey to recovery for those injured in Mosul, major city in northern Iraq. As such, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running a 40-bed hospital in Hamdaniya, a town south of Mosul, to cater for the needs of those recovering from surgery and attempting to rebuild their lives. MSF recovered the testimonies of eight patients and staff from MSF’s Hamdaniya facility:

May 04, 2017

Trapped in the middle of an ongoing political and complex civil war in Iraq, the battle for Mosul is escalating. People are being forced to flee their homes to live in harsh conditions and no basic medical care. To respond to these widespread medical needs, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to extend services for the benefit of war-wounded patients and people in need.

March 22, 2017

On the 19 of February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village south of Mosul. It is composed of two operating theatres, one intensive care unit, an emergency room, an in-patient ward and other necessary support facilities. The MSF team working within the hospital, composed primarily of Iraqi surgeons, doctors and nurses, only has the capacity to operate on the most severe life threatening cases, known as “red cases”; those that can wait are referred to hospitals further afield.

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.

February 22, 2017

Many people who are forcibly displaced by war and other catastrophes often flee to refuge within the borders of their own country. Mariko Miller, an MSF emergency nurse, witnessed the suffering of survivors who managed to escape from the war-torn district of Hawija to the relative safety of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

January 24, 2017

The recent launch of the military offensive by Iraqi and American forces to retake Mosul in Iraq has forced people who have lived through extremely traumatic times to flee the town and nearby villages.

November 21, 2016

As the fighting intensifies in and around Mosul, the humanitarian crisis in Iraq continues to worsen. As part of its response to the widespread medical needs, MSF has established one field hospital with surgical capacity about 30 km north of the city and is setting up another in Qayyarah, some 60 km to the south.

September 22, 2016

Rafah Ali and Basil Abdullah are a married couple from Mississauga, Ontario, who each recently resigned from their respective medical jobs in Canada in order to work overseas with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The pair had decided it was time to recommit themselves to a common goal of giving back.

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