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.  

Thousands trapped in eastern Ukraine: MSF calls for safety of civilians and respect for medical facilities

As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict to halt shelling of hospitals and ensure civilians can reach safe places. In response to the surge in violence over the last two weeks, the organization is urgently expanding its support to hospitals on both sides of the front line as doctors try to deal with influxes of wounded patients and continued heavy fighting traps civilians in frontline towns.

La nouvelle Conseillère aux affaires humanitaires de MSF Canada parle de la puissance du témoignage

Cet article a été publié initialement dans le numéro d'hiver 2015 de Récits du terrain, le bulletin imprimé de MSF Canada.

Field Notes, Winter 2015

Our twice annual newsletter brings stories from Canadians who work with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) or support us here at home, providing a glimpse into the people who make our lifesaving work possible.

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In this issue:

Saving lives behind the scenes: MSF Canada's humanitarian affairs advisor on the power of speaking out

This story was originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Field Notes.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s medical interventions are the most visible aspect of its efforts to alleviate suffering by ensuring people everywhere have access to essential healthcare. That’s why the organization  works in nearly 70 different countries, providing direct medical care to people who have been affected by conflict, natural disasters or other emergencies.

La fille des flots : Naissance d’un bébé au milieu du chaos au Malawi

Q&A: How does MSF care for patients suffering from Ebola?

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) public health specialist Dr. Armand Sprecher describes MSF’s clinical protocols for treating Ebola patients, as well as the challenges faced and lessons learned so far during MSF’s response to the world’s largest-ever Ebola outbreak, which is still ongoing in West Africa.

Nigeria : MSF vient en aide aux personnes fuyant la violence de Boko Haram dans le nord

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.