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May 06, 2016

The largest cholera vaccination campaign ever undertaken has just commenced in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Over half a million people are expected to receive the oral cholera vaccine in an effort to curb an outbreak that began in February in the city’s overcrowded township areas. As of April 7, a total of 664 cases and 12 deaths had been reported in Lusaka.

April 25, 2016

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today that it has resumed search, rescue and medical-aid operations in the central Mediterranean Sea between Africa and Europe, and has already conducted its first operation of 2016.

September 23, 2015

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been informed that MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) has decided to stop its current search-and-rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea.

August 07, 2015

On August 5, a vessel carrying more than 700 migrants from North Africa to Europe capsized off the coast of Libya.

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search-and-rescue vessel Dignity I was among the first ships to arrive at the scene. The video above, narrated by MSF project coordinator Juan Matias Gil, shows MSF teams at work upon arriving at the ship, and includes an interview with one couple who struggled to save their infant daughter from drowning before being rescued.

 

July 17, 2015

On Wednesday, July 15, the Bourbon Argos — a search-and-rescue vessel operated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Mediterranean Sea — rescued 678 people from six different migrant boats and received one more patient transferred for medical reasons from an Italian Coast Guards vessel.

June 20, 2015

Today is World Refugee Day. Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have fled from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.

June 16, 2015
By Stephen Cornish, Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. Originally published in the Globe and Mail, June 10, 2015
 
June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed.

June 04, 2015

Last Sunday, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team provided emergency psychological support at the port of Augusta in Sicily, Italy, to 18 out of 454 migrants who had been rescued at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend.

May 04, 2015

Last weekend, more than 6,000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix, a search-and-rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning, an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.

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