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MSF urges 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council to stop the massacres in Syria   At least 70 people have been killed and 550 injured in an airstrike on a marketplace in the Douma neighbourhood near Damascus, Syria, the international medical organisation Without Borders (MSF) said today. As the nearest makeshift hospital had been bombed the previous day, medical workers struggled...
It is preposterous to bomb a hospital and kill people who are sick, injured and desperate writes Redi Thlabi, Sunday Times columnist... even medical staff at Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, were killed and dozens more injured... and even hours after bombing, while the fire was still raging and the smell of burning bodies no doubt permeated the air, staff were working,...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been informed that the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) has been activated. This is the first step needed to undertake an independent investigation into the attack on MSF’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October. The IHFFC is now awaiting the agreement of the United States and Afghanistan governments to proceed.   “We have...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has launched a petition urging citizens the world over to call on President Obama and the United States to consent to an independent investigation into the bombing of MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3.   MSF called for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) into the repeated U...
    Statement by Dr Joanne Liu, President, MSF International For four years, the Doctors WIhtout Borders (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan, offering essential medical and surgical care. On Saturday 3 October this came to an end when the hospital was deliberately bombed. Twelve MSF staff...
Leaders at Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemn the attack on the Kunduz trauma centre, demand independent investigation 5 October  "The US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass...
  Coalition forces attack grave violation of International Humanitarian Law - MSF calls for investigation   12 staff killed | 10 patients killed – 3 children | 37 injured  KABUL - The international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific aerial bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan....
​Latest update: MSF had informed all fighting parties of hospital GPS coordinates on several occasions MSF condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF...
World leaders gather at the UN special Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (25 – 27 September) to adopt the a new blueprint for international development under the slogan “Leave no one behind”. The aspirations of the SDGs are commendable, but Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned that they lack a concrete plan to accelerate progress and address...
One year ago, Hadji Charmeed’s family had to make the most difficult decision of their lives. “I am unable to walk because of my previous injury in war,” says Hadji, looking at his partly amputated foot. “My family didn’t want to leave me behind, so they decided we will all stay together.” That was the day when armed groups stormed Sinjar district in Iraq’s Ninewa province, killing and...
KABUL, 3 July 2015. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns the violent intrusion by armed members of Afghan Special Forces in the organisation’s trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The incident is an unacceptable breach of International Humanitarian Law, which protects medical services from attacks.   On Wednesday 1 July at 14:07, heavily armed men from Afghan Special...
The violence of South Sudan's ongoing conflict has displaced about two million people since 2013. In the last few weeks civilians have been exposed to increased  levels of violence and fresh waves of displaced people are on the move. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is on the ground, providing essential medical care to people in six South Sudanese states. MSF's Dr Niamh Allen...
As violence and threats in the northeastern province of Kenya escalate, international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has evacuated 42 of its staff from Dadaab refugee camps to Nairobi. The precautionary measure has already had a direct impact on MSF’s ability to provide much-needed medical care to the mainly Somali refugees in Dadaab. Two of MSF’s four health posts...
Standing in the women’s ward, grasping a metal frame, 18-year-old Bibi Aisha is slowly learning to walk again. Her sister-in-law, Oura, holds her elbow for support, closely watched by MSF orthopaedic surgeon Javed. After ten faltering steps, Bibi is exhausted, and Javed takes over to carry her back to her bed. Bibi was admitted to MSF’s Trauma Centre in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, ten...
Seïdina Ousseini has been MSF field coordinator in Ansongo, in the north of Mali, for one year. He explains to us the difficulties facing the MSF teams to provide medical aid to the population affected by the political crisis and insecurity in the African country. Since when has MSF been working in the north of Mali? MSF...
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 frontline struggling to treat the wounded with dwindling supplies, Doctors WIthout Borders (MSF) teams are stepping up their support, but continued heavy fighting is preventing them from reaching the...
Juba - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan affecting directly the North and the East of the country has diverted the attention from ongoing regular healthcare concerns like malaria epidemic which is affecting the West of the country. There have been insufficient distributions of antimalarial drugs in many peripheral health centers and as a consequence, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has...
In 2009 Dr Mohammed Dalwai joined MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and spent six months as an emergency room doctor in Timergara, a restive city in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan... Here his experience of having a patient die in in the emergency room because the team was unable to do a quick or accurate triage following a bomb blast motivated him to successfully implement the South...
Gilles Pelissier, MSF project coordinator in Gaza, took advantage of the cease fire to go south of the Gaza Strip to see what conditions the numerous families in schools and emergency accommodation centres were living in. They shot the animals with guns “Khuzaa is a Palestinian village near the Israeli border. Here the wall gives way to the watchtowers and rows of barbed wire between which...
Dr. Hazem Abu Malouh is a Palestinian doctor working for a Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in Gaza, where patients return for post-operative care. “In our clinical post-operative care, the MSF team is working under pressure, not because of the number of patients - we received 55 yesterday - but because of what they tell us. "For example, to fill in the...
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