Motos Sans Frontières: How a network of motorcyclists helps MSF deliver healthcare in Democratic Republic of Congo

This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.

Travelling from Numbi to Minova, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be a dream ride for any motorcycle enthusiast. More than two hours of slopes, slippery surfaces and obstacles of all kinds make the journey a test of skill, as well as a chance to take in some beautiful scenery.

Clinical trials show experimental Ebola drug can produce positive effect for some patients

Initial results of a clinical trial of the experimental drug favipiravir suggest that it can reduce mortality among patients with low levels of the Ebola virus in their blood, but is ineffective for  patients with high viral loads who are very sick with the disease.

Syria: MSF calls for wounded to be evacuated following fierce clashes in Aleppo

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict in Syria to facilitate the evacuation of the wounded following  fierce clashes in Aleppo, a city in northern Syria where the population has been trapped by fighting and aerial bombardments for months. A new wave of displaced families is fleeing to the Turkish border.

Syria: A doctor describes the impact of ongoing violence on his Damascus hospital

As the violence in Syria continues unabated, Dr. N, an MSF-supported hospital director in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square last month. For security reasons, the doctor’s name has been withheld.

By Dr. N

South Sudan: MSF helps launch vaccination campaign to stem measles outbreak

Since the end of November, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in the Yida refugee camp, in South Sudan’s Unity State, have been responding to a spike in measles cases that is primarily affecting the young. Many of the sick children recently arrived in Yida after fleeing with their families from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region, where bombardments and fighting between rebels and the Sudanese government forces have intensified of late.

‘There’s not a single Muslim left’: An MSF worker in Central African Republic on why his family had to flee

Djamilou is a logistician with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He was most recently in Niger, but he first started working with MSF in his home country of Central African Republic (CAR). Below, Djamilou tells his story — what it was like to grow up as a Muslim in CAR, how he joined MSF, and the plight currently being faced by his family, whose members are scattered among three different countries after fleeing the violence that has placed CAR at the centre of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Telemedecine: A Canadian doctor on how MSF medics in remote areas can connect to a world of expertise

'No one should slip through the cracks’: An MSF epidemiologist on why tracing Ebola patients is essential

The numbers of Ebola patients in West Africa may be going down, but as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) epidemiologist Amanda Tiffany explains below, every last contact needs to be traced in order to help bring the epidemic to an end. She wrote the following from Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

By Amanda Tiffany

Libéria : Arrêt des essais cliniques du traitement contre Ebola

Ebola: MSF halts experimental drug trial underway in Liberia

A trial of the experimental Ebola drug brincidofovir in Liberia has been halted due to a significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, coupled with the January 30 announcement by the drug’s manufacturer that it would no longer participate in the trial.

Led by Oxford University, the trial into a potential treatment for the disease was launched in early January in an Ebola management centre run by international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Liberian capital Monrovia.