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April 20, 2015

Faced with another tragedy in the Mediterranean sea, European member states must urgently launch large-scale search-and-rescue activities in order to avoid more deaths at sea, the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

April 15, 2015

In the past three days close to 400 people have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, while more than 6,000 people have been rescued.

March 04, 2015

A Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team in Pozzallo, Sicily today is assisting 183 migrants and asylum seekers who were rescued by an oil tanker in the Strait of Sicily. They were among the almost 1,000 people rescued by seven sea rescue operations in less than 24 hours.

At least ten people were reportedly found dead.

October 01, 2014

One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as the one taking place in Syria, chaos in Libya and other protracted crises continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East to Europe.

October 09, 2013

As a delegation of European and Italian leaders visit the Sicilian island of Lampedusa to honour all those who tragically lost their lives trying to reach the European coast, the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on members of the European Union to recognize the human cost of their repressive migration policies.

Each summer, Italy receives thousands of migrants arriving in boats from Africa. Lampedusa, a small island south of Sicily, is a landing spot for more than 18,000 immigrants every year. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical care at the port where boats land after hazardous trips across the Mediterranean Sea. In recent weeks, a series of dramatic landings have been recorded in the Canal of Sicily, with people arriving in very bad condition. Luciano Grisio, a doctor with MSF, describes what he sees during his work on the island.

Tomorrow a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team ends its activities at the harbour of the Italian island of Lampedusa. MSF has been forced to make this decision after the Italian Interior Ministry refused to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding; The Ministry has also failed to provide the necessary authorization to allow the MSF team to continue working adequately. MSF has provided free emergency medical screenings for migrants who arrive by boat on  Lampedusa, south of Sicily, since 2002.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in Italy, Malta and Greece to provide access to healthcare and medical assistance to migrants landing at the southern borders of Europe by sea, aid offered both at their landing and during their detention in open and closed centres.

Funding by rich countries to combat malnutrition has remained flat for seven years, according to a report released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This accounts for barely three per cent of the funds needed to reduce the 3.5 to 5 million annual deaths of children under five attributed to malnutrition. The report also reveals the enormous waste built into the food aid system. According to MSF, much of the nutrition funding gap could be filled by re-allocating existing funds towards the most vulnerable group, children under five years of age.

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