Nigeria: MSF responding to needs of those fleeing Boko Haram violence in the north

Following the January 3 attack by Boko Haram in the town of Baga in northern Nigeria, 5,000 people have fled to a displacement camp in Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is providing medical assistance to the new arrivals, and MSF teams are also working in neighbouring Niger, where refugees have also been arriving. With the upcoming risk of electoral violence, MSF teams in the south of Nigeria are preparing an emergency response plan.

Daughter of the floods: A new life amid natural disaster in Malawi

Three weeks later after Malawi was devastated by the largest floods in living memory, people are still struggling to get on with their lives. Some must also continue to plan for events that even floods can’t disrupt — like the arrival of a new baby. The following piece tells the story of Berita, an expectant mother who had to overcome unanticipated adversity to deliver her new baby.

Dans son rapport, MSF invite les laboratoires pharmaceutiques à baisser les prix des vaccins destinés aux pays pauvres

* Voir ci-dessous la mise à jour incluant la réponse de MSF aux déclarations de GSK et Pfizer

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) appelle les laboratoires pharmaceutiques GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) et Pfizer à réduire considérablement le prix du vaccin antipneumococcique à 5 $ US par enfant dans les pays en développement, et ce avant l'importante conférence des donateurs en faveur de la vaccination qui se tiendra à Berlin.

Is Ebola a death sentence for pregnant women? Meet Adama, a survivor in Sierra Leone

The survival rate for pregnant women infected with the Ebola virus is historically very low. Because the disease is a hemorrhagic fever, women who go into labour are at great risk of bleeding to death.

In order to better respond to the needs of expectant mothers infected with Ebola, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened a specialized maternity unit at one of its Ebola treatment centre Sierra Leone.

Central African Republic: Treating refugees from violence for mental health as well as malnutrition

More than one year after the start of the emergency response to help refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been fleeing to the eastern part of Cameroon, the work of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues. These refugees remain vulnerable, with many suffering from psychological trauma.

Decline in Ebola cases is encouraging but critical gaps remain, says MSF

A downward trend of new cases has been reported at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Ebola management centres across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with just over 50 patients currently in eight centres. While this is a promising development, the medical humanitarian organization cautions that loss of vigilance now would jeopardize the progress made in stemming the epidemic.

Ukraine: Hospitals shelled and civilians cut off as fighting intensifies

As fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine to a level not seen since August, the situation for civilians caught in the conflict zone is now dire. With doctors working in hospitals close to the front line struggling to treat the wounded with dwindling supplies, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are stepping up their support, but continued shelling and the closure of checkpoints is preventing them from reaching the hardest hit areas.

Sudan: Government planes once again bomb an MSF hospital in South Kordofan

A hospital operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was directly targeted in an aerial bombing in Sudan on January 20, forcing the suspension of medical activities, MSF announced today.

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.