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PULSE: The MSF video series

PULSE is a video series from Doctors Without Borders that take an up-close look at our work delivering medical care on the front lines of humanitarian emergencies around the world.

It examines the crises and conflicts that compel us to act, and describes the needs facing our patients, among whom are some of the world's most vulnerable people. Every two weeks we explore a different aspect of Doctors Without Borders' medical humanitarian mission, from the obstacles we face in delivering care to the latest emergencies where help is needed. 

MSF PULSE: Measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this episode of MSF PULSE we are discussing measles which has killed 6,000 people in Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2020, MSF is responding to the world's largest outbreak of measles.

MSF PULSE: A medical breakthrough we can't afford? 

In this episode of MSF PULSE we discuss a breakthrough treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis that remains unaffordable to many of the people who need it most. Sign our petition that calls on pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson to reduce the price of bedaquiline and to stop placing increased profits over public health.

MSF PULSE: Nuevo Laredo is not a safe place for migrants seeking asylum

In this episode of MSF PULSE, we discuss how people seeking asylum in the United States are being forced to wait out their claims in a place that could potentially be even more dangerous than where they're running from.

MSF PULSE: Access Campaign

In this episode of MSF PULSE, we look at how the Access Campaign has helped increase access to lifesaving treatments.

MSF PULSE: Big Pharma vs. Small Kids

In this episode of MSF PULSE, we look at one particularly vulnerable category of HIV-positive patients which continues to be almost completely neglected by pharmaceutical companies: children.

MSF PULSE: How do our principles save lives?

In this episode of MSF PULSE, we look at how our work is guided by three important humanitarian principles: Neutrality, Impartiality and Independence.

MSF PULSE: Conflict and rampant sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo

In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at a critical humanitarian emergency in in Kasai Central region of Democratic Republic of Congo, where our teams have treated more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence.

MSF PULSE: Why are people still seeking asylum in the US

In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look MSF's care for people fleeing violence in Central America.

MSF PULSE: Caring for the Caregivers

In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at how we make sure all our staff members have access to mental health care and counselling

MSF PULSE: Dread and detention in Moria refugee camp

In this episode of MSF Pulse we examine why many children as young as six years old have reported self-harming or attempting suicide in Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos.

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MSF PULSE: Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo

Right now, our medical teams are on the ground in Democratic Republic of Congo responding to an outbreak of Ebola. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at what Ebola is, how it spreads and what we’re doing to respond to the current outbreak.

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MSF PULSE: Five reasons why mothers are dying

In this episode of MSF Pulse, we examine five of the leading causes of maternal mortality worldwide and how MSF is working to provide access to free, life-saving medical care for mothers and children.

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MSF PULSE: Fighting the world's deadliest animal

The deadliest animal in the world to humans isn’t sharks, bears, wolves, or snakes … it’s the mosquito. In this episode of MSF Pulse we look at how malaria is spread and what we’re doing to fight one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

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MSF PULSE: Why's it so difficul to vaccinate kids in Mali?

Right now, we’re in the middle of a major vaccination campaign in the north of Mali to prevent a large-scale health crisis. In this episode of MSF Pulse we look at the challenges we face to vaccinate 10,000 children for 11 potential life-threatening diseases including tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, meningitis and diphtheria.

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MSF Pulse: Crisis in DRC

Right now, we are on the verge of a critical humanitarian emergency in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Over 100,000 people have been displaced because of violence in Ituri province.

Houses were burnt, people were killed and families have fled their homes in search of safety.

MSF PULSE: Not Your Average 9-to-5 Job

An earthquake devastates a country leaving hundreds of thousands in need of immediate medical care.

A violent conflict sends civilians fleeing for their lives, with nowhere to go for help.

A young woman lacks access to basic obstetric care, placing her at risk of dying from complications in childbirth.

Whether it’s a high-profile emergency or a forgotten crisis in a remote region, Doctors Without Borders teams are working tirelessly every day in nearly 70 countries around the world.

When you work for Doctors Without Borders, you're working toward the goal of alleviating human suffering.

MSF Pulse: The Rohingya Crisis is Still an Emergency

This week on PULSE we bring the focus back onto the Rohingya Crisis. Last August, violent sectarian attacks caused hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes in Myanmar, in the hope of finding safety across the border in Bangladesh.

Now, six months later, the estimated number of refugees to have arrived since August is 688,000. Many have endured horrific levels of trauma, both in Myanmar and on their journeys to Bangladesh.

This is still an emergency.

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MSF Pulse: Putting Affordable Medicines on the Podium

Right now, athletes from around the world are gathering in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics.

Doctors Without Borders is also in South Korea, but for a very different kind of contest.

In this episode of MSF Pulse we look at how we can win access to affordable medicines for the world's most vulnerable people.

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MSF Pulse: Stop Bombing Hospitals

On January 29, two separate airstrikes severely damaged one of our supported hospitals in Syria. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at the disturbing trend of medical facilities being destroyed in conflict zones. 

Let your voice be heard: civilians, patients, and aid workers are #NotATarget.

MSF Pulse: Why are 120,000 people still seeking shelter from violence in Bentiu, South Sudan?

Four years ago, an explosion of violence between two rival factions erupted in South Sudan, plunging the country into a horrific civil war. People fled to safety in the UN compound outside the town of Bentiu. 

Three Crises You Might Have Missed in 2017

Wars, natural disasters, political strife; crisis after crisis has dominated news headlines in 2017. But in this episode of MSF Pulse, we look beyond the headlines to shed a light on three crises you may have missed this past year.

Eradicating HIV Once and For All

December 1 is World AIDS Day. We’ve made a lot of progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS but a lot more still needs to be done. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at why HIV still affects some of the world’s most vulnerable people and what Doctors Without Borders is doing to help eradicate the disease once and for all.

Mental healthcare is healthcare

Our doctors and nurses treat physical ailments: bandaging war-wounds, treating cholera and performing emergency surgeries. But did you know that for more than 20 years, we've also been caring for patients’ hidden wounds?

Vaccines Work

Immunization is one of the most effective medical interventions in public health. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at how Doctors Without Borders is able to vaccinate millions of children around the world each year against diseases like measles, meningitis and pneumonia.

Flight of the Rohingya: A Cross-Border Humanitarian Crisis

In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at an impending public health crisis as over half a million Rohingya have fled targeted violence in Myanmar and have now settled in makeshift settlements in Bangladesh with without adequate access to shelter, food, clean water, or latrines.

How Can War Have Rules?

International humanitarian law is supposed to protect civilians from atrocities and allows MSF access to people affected by conflict, but governments are failing to live up to their obligations.

Life or Death in 72 Hours

When an emergency strikes, the first 72 hours are critical. In this episode of MSF Pulse we look at how Doctors Without Borders is able to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment's notice, with the equipment and supplies we need to start saving lives.

The Truth About Refugees and Migrants

People who claim that Mediterranean search and rescue is creating a “pull factor” for refugees and migrants often have little idea of the desperation pushing people to flee and risk their lives at sea. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at some of the push factors that cause people to flee their homes.

(More Than Just) Doctors Without Borders

With a name like “Doctors Without Borders”, lots of people think that we only have doctors who work overseas. But most people don't realize that we need more than only doctors to do humanitarian work.

Cholera in the Time of War

There is a massive cholera outbreak in Yemen right now. So far, we’ve treated 12,181 patients since March 30 and the number is still increasing. In this episode of MSF Pulse, we look at cholera, why it always seems to follow catastrophe and how we can treat it.

Crisis in Central African Republic

In this episode of MSF Pulse we look at one of the world’s worst and most under-reported humanitarian crises.

Still #NotATarget

One year ago, on May 3rd 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2286 to stop these attacks against hospitals. Unfortunately, in this past year, nothing has improved. In fact, things have gotten worse.

Nigeria's Malnutrition Crisis

In this episode of Pulse we unpack the massive humanitarian crisis taking place in Nigeria as tens of thousands of people flee a violent conflict between government forces and Boko Haram.

Silence is Deadly

How MSF speaks out about the suffering we see is both a core part of our identity and one of our greatest challenges. Read more in a special issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.

Tuberculosis: The Curable Disease That Continues to Kill

What is tuberculosis and why does a treatable disease continue to cill close to 2 million people every year? In this edition of MSF Pulse, we look at the challenges in the fight against TB.

Global Gag Policy: The US Government's Mexico City Policy

What is the Global Gag Rule and how does it affect the health of women around the world? Why does it matter to Doctors Without Borders? In this edition of MSF Pulse, we look at the Global Gag Rule and the consequences of unsafe abortions.

Malnutrition in South Sudan

South Sudan is currently experiencing a large-scale malnutrition crisis, as ongoing conflict is limiting access to food, clean drinking water, shelter, and healthcare. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working throughout the country delivering essential medical care, including treating malnutrition, to those who have nowhere else to turn.