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June 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International President Dr. Joanne Liu responded today to the communiqué issued by the G7 leaders meeting in Germany at the end of their annual summit:

March 11, 2013

Few children at the pediatric tuberculosis hospital in Dushanbe look as active and healthy as Shirinmo*. The little girl is bright and busy as she crawls across the waiting room floor. But get closer and you can hear that her breath comes in gasps and has a rattling sound. The devastating diagnosis: the nine-month-old is suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a disease that spreads easily and, if left untreated, kills.

Roads blocked by flooding. Medical & logistics personnel trying to reach area by helicopter.

10 person team focusing on needs of vulnerable populations, monitoring situation around nuclear plants.

MSF working with Japanese authorities to help many suffering effects of quake.

Will also start clinic to offer aid.

Teams continue north to find others in need.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. Our teams are running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments, which will determine the full scope of MSF's response. At this point, we are drawing on unrestricted donations to fund our efforts, and we are not requesting or accepting donations specifically earmarked for relief efforts in Japan. We greatly appreciate your generosity and encourage your support of our work.

MSF continues to assist in evacuation centres

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