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. 

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