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Changes in medical practice in Syria
Over what has now been nearly six years of war, Syrians have suffered immeasurably. Amidst the brutality of the Syrian conflict, violence against medical facilities, staff and patients has become horrifyingly routine. In 2016 alone, 81 medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed in Azaz and Aleppo districts, some repeatedly. This follows 94 attacks on MSF-supported facilities in 2015, which killed 81 healthcare staff.
One year on from the EU-Turkey deal: challenging the EU’s alternative facts
One year ago, the ‘Balkan route’ – by which refugees, asylum seekers and migrants travelled from Greece to northern Europe – was closed. This route had constituted the only hope for thousands of people seeking protection in Europe. In the wake of this, on 18 March 2016 the European Union (EU) and Turkey issued the EU-Turkey statement, commonly referred to as the EU-Turkey deal. This deal aimed at stemming arrivals of asylum seekers and migrants from Turkey to Europe, and allegedly offered “migrants an alternative to putting their lives at risk”. Nine months later, the deal was reinforced with a joint action plan, a two-page document setting out further action to be taken.
Niger: Emergency Gap project
The humanitarian community has failed to achieve a reasonably effective level in its response to the current emergency in the region of Diffa, Niger, where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict between Boko Haram and the armies in the area. This is the main conclusion of a report by MSF released today.
The right shot :Bringing down barriers to affordable and adapted vaccines
Immunisation is one of the most efficient ways to reduce child mortality. Yet, every year 1 out of every 5 children (under the age of 1 year) is not fully vaccinated, putting them at risk of dying of preventable diseases such as measles, pneumonia or diarrhoea.
Facing up to reality: Health crises deepens as violence escalates in Southern Sudan
This year Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has witnessed a worrying deterioration in the situation in Southern Sudan, with severe medical humanitarian implications for the population. Though the challenges facing the semi-autonomous region of Southern Sudan occur within the context of Sudan as a whole, this paper will focus solely on the worsening situation in the South. However, there are also clear medical humanitarian needs in other parts of Sudan, most notably Darfur, to which MSF is also responding.
Time is running out Zamfara State: Lead poisoning crisis
On May 9th and 10th, 2012 Doctors without Borders (MSF), the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health held an International Conference on Lead Poisoning, with a special focus on the Zamfara crisis, which brought together leading medical, environmental and mining experts, government policy makers, and traditional leadership.