May 04, 2016

On May 3, 2016, Doctor Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), addressed the United Nations Security Council ahead of a vote on a resolution to reaffirm the protection of health workers, hospitals and civilian infrastructure in conflict zones. The text of her speech is below.

October 23, 2015

Nearly three weeks after the US bombing of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, MSF today announces with sadness that the death toll is still rising, with one more MSF staff member confirmed to have been killed.

September 29, 2015

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital has been overwhelmed with wounded as heavy fighting between government and opposition forces engulfed Afghanistan’s Kunduz City on Monday.

June 26, 2015

Heavy clashes between security forces and armed opposition groups in the north-eastern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan have led to a surge in wounded arriving at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s trauma centre in Kunduz city. From June 20 to 23, MSF’s medical teams treated 77 patients directly wounded in the fighting; one-third of these patients were women and children.

August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of people fleeing major military operations in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have crossed the border into Afghanistan over the past months, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces. In response, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are providing medical and humanitarian aid at the Gulan refugee camp in Khost province.

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.

March 26, 2014

Following a bomb blast in Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan yesterday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received 23 patients at its trauma centre. MSF medical teams treated 17 wounded patients, while six people were dead on arrival or died shortly thereafter.

May 30, 2013

Following an attack on an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, which killed an ICRC staff member, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today strongly condemned violence against humanitarian workers and facilities.

“MSF calls on all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to respect humanitarian workers as well as medical facilities, which must remain safe and neutral,” said Brice de le Vingne, MSF director of operations.

MSF’s thoughts are with the family of the victim and with our ICRC colleagues.

MSF is shocked by the killing of a medical team from the humanitarian organization International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. This can only detrimentally affect and undermine the work carried out by the medical community in the country, and the Afghan people relying heavily on this much needed assistance. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and our colleagues at IAM.

Michiel Hofman on's AfPak Channel, Jan. 12, 2011.