Central African Republic: Amid ongoing conflict, treating victims of sexual violence

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas recently helped open a medical and psychological support program for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic (CAR). She was in CAR between April and December 2014. She discusses some of the cases she saw during that time below.

By Hélène Thomas

MSF resumes basic medical activities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State after nine-month absence

For the first time in almost a year, tens of thousands of people are once again able to access basic healthcare and emergency referrals from medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

After being ordered by the government of Myanmar to stop medical activities in the region last February, MSF reopened primary health clinics in Rakhine on December 17, 2014. 

The Right Shot: MSF calls on drug companies to slash vaccine prices for poor countries

* see below for updates, including MSF's response to GSK and Pfizer statements

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today called on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumococcal vaccine to US$5 per child in developing countries, ahead of a major vaccination donor conference in Berlin.

Malawi: Thousands of flood victims unable to receive aid

* story updated below

Up to 20,000 people in the southern tip of Malawi most affected by the current floods remain cut off from the rest of the country, without food, health care or ways to prevent possible outbreaks, the humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

Haiti: Five years later, healthcare is under-prioritized in post-quake reconstruction

Five years have passed since a truly devastating earthquake shook Haiti, affecting approximately three million people and killing 220,000, according to government estimates. What is the situation in Haiti now after five years of reconstruction efforts, and what healthcare does Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) still provide in the country? MSF’s Haiti country director Oliver Schulz discusses.

Liberia: Trial of possible Ebola drug begins at MSF treatment centre in Monrovia

A clinical trial of a possible treatment for Ebola began on January 1 at ELWA 3, the Ebola Management Centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

Syria: As the conflict continues, the humanitarian crisis goes from bad to worse

As the ongoing civil conflict in Syria approaches its fifth year, Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, Head of Mission with the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team in Aleppo, reflects on a crisis that has become one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. This article was originally published in Spanish by Vocento Group.

By Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa  

Democratic Republic of Congo: Measles vaccination makes the difference between life and death

During two weeks in December, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) carried out a measles vaccination campaign in Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that reached 90,887 young people. This was 20 percent more than the expected immunization target. Ana de la Osada, the medical focal point for the campaign, tells the story of MSF’s fight in Minova against measles, which is known locally as “suluby.”

By Ana de la Osada

The following information has been compiled to address questions about Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) protocols and practices regarding the organization’s Ebola projects in West Africa and the people working there.

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