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October 03, 2016

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the US military airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in which 42 people lost their lives. The attack was a violation of the rules of war, which require military forces to protect medical facilities and personnel in war zones.

September 28, 2016

MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu, a physician from Montreal, addressed the UN Security Council, and called upon member states to live up to their obligations under UN Resolution 2286 and to stop the relentless assaults on civilian and medical targets.

September 27, 2016

Few other surgeons working for Doctor Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) around the world have as much experience treating war-wounded patients as Dr. Edgar Escalante from Vancouver.

May 03, 2016

A week after an MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo, Syria was destroyed by direct airstrikes, MSF Canada's executive director, Stephen Cornish, calls on UN member states to reaffirm their obligations to protect hospitals in conflict zones.

August 20, 2014

This story appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine. To download the complete magazine or to read previous issues, please visit our Publications page.

 

By Claudia Blume

After more than a decade of international aid and investment, Afghans continue to struggle to access critical medical care due to insecurity, distance, cost and the dysfunction of many health facilities.

July 21, 2014

Heavy fighting in central and northern Helmand Province between the Afghan forces and opposition forces has led to an increase in the numbers of war-wounded presenting to the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-supported Boost Hospital, in Lashkargah. During the most intense phase of the fighting, from June 21 to July 5, MSF medical teams working in the hospital treated 68 patients with injuries related to the clashes.