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January 12, 2017

Every year, hundreds of Canadians work overseas with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), delivering front-line medical care as part of MSF’s lifesaving emergency programs. We aim to introduce you to some of them, such as Trish Newport, a longtime project coordinator who recently returned from working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

August 05, 2016

On Dr. Rogy Masri’s last day in Lebanon, staff in four Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinics in Tripoli ate cakes that had been decorated with an edible photo of his smiling, bearded face to bid him farewell — a testimony to the Toronto-based physician’s popularity with local colleagues. “They knew I have a really sweet tooth,” Dr. Masri chuckles. “I ate a lot of cake during my six-month assignment.”

August 20, 2015

The last few weeks have brought unprecedented high temperatures to much of the Middle East. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, home to at least 410,000 refugees, temperatures have reached as high as 42 degrees. The heat isn’t just bringing discomfort; it’s bringing sickness.

April 17, 2015

Over one million Syrians have sought to escape a brutal armed conflict in their home country by fleeing to Lebanon, often becoming impoverished in the process and living in crowded, makeshift shelters. Add trying to survive with diabetes to those circumstances, and the situation for many becomes tragic. James Elliott is a Canadian researcher who recently returned from Lebanon, where he worked with diabetes patients among the Syrian refugee population.

August 29, 2013

Violent sectarian clashes between residents of two of Lebanon’s most deprived districts are leaving ordinary people caught in the crossfire as they struggle to access healthcare and get on with their daily lives. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing medical services to people on both sides of the frontline.

August 07, 2013

“I was seven months pregnant when I came to Lebanon,” said Maryam, 18, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo. “Many of my relatives were killed back home. I was terrified. I had to walk for hours before crossing the Lebanese border and suffered a hemorrhage. I feared miscarriage.”

June 19, 2013

For many refugees from Syria, getting a roof over their heads and keeping their families fed is a massive struggle. On World Refugee Day, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns that dire living conditions are affecting people’s health.

Following a directive from the government of Sri Lanka earlier this week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) withdrew its staff today from Kilinochchi town in the LTTE-controlled Vanni. MSF is very concerned about the possible consequences of ongoing hostilities for the population still living in the area, and the impact of displacement on the health of the population. MSF urges both parties to the conflict to ensure that all possible measures are taken to protect civilians from the impact of the conflict, and to allow assistance to resume as soon as possible.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is very concerned for the safety of an estimated 250,000 people trapped in heavy fighting in the Vanni district of Sri Lanka. Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been wounded and killed during the last days as the area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has shrunk in the face of the government of Sri Lanka’s military offensive. MSF has received reports from the Vanni area that the plight of the civilians is dire. Hospitals are coping to the best of their ability, but are running low on drugs and medical staff.

On Jan. 29, 226 sick and wounded civilians, 51 of them children, were evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN from the Vanni district of Sri Lanka. Delays at the government checkpoint in Omanthai meant that patients were arriving throughout the evening and night and into the very early morning in Vavuniya Hospital. Some were newly wounded during the recent fighting, while others were suffering from festering wounds up to two or three weeks old.  In the fighting many patients lost limbs due to shrapnel and shells.

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