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.

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.