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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...
South Africa must do more to halt horror in Gaza, writes Garret Barnwell, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa President... In the opinion piece, Barnwell talks about the situation in Gaza where civilians are being killed, maimed or injured as fighting in the Gaza-Israel conflict intensifies...  As president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa, I get alarming daily...
An entire population is trapped in what is essentially an open-air prison... They can’t leave and only the most limited supplies – essential for basic survival – are allowed to enter, writes Jonathan Whittal, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s Head of Humanitarian Analysis in Beirut... In the opinion piece, Whittal talks about the the startling dilemma facing humanitarian organisations working...
Twenty years later, we can count Mandela’s enduring legacies in the public health-care system, writes Doctors Without Borders (MSF) doctor, Vanessa Naidoo... In this article she recounts how the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela inspired her work in healthcare. Read article HERE
Miriam Kasztura, a nurse from Switzerland, has just returned from Berberati in Central African Republic (CAR). Since January, MSF has been working in the Regional University Hospital of Berberati running activities in the emergency, maternity, paediatric and surgical wards, as well as providing support to several outlying health centres. (MSF) Berberati, CAR’s second largest city, is...
Masego “Maps” Maponyane has teamed up with Doctors Without Borders/MSF to start the #ActForCAR Fundraising Drive which aims to raise R550 000 from South Africans to help relieve the poor healthcare and living conditions in the Central African Republic... On World Malaria Day, the Glamour magazine journalists caught up with him to find out more about the project, raising awareness about what’s...
Albert Carames, MSF Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Bangui (CAR) Albert Caramés has returned to Barcelona after nine months working as a humanitarian affairs officer in Bangui, capital of the troubled Central African Republic, where over a year ago the coup by the Séléka rebels triggered a civil conflict that has pushed an already fragile, vulnerable country, one of the poorest in the world,...
Children hacked to death by machetes, grenades thrown in suburbs and stray bullets entering a refugee camp: no one is immune from violence in the Central African Republic... "There is a state of despair among the people," said Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) psychologist Gail Womersely, who has just returned from the war-torn country... Womersely spoke yesterday in Johannesburg about her five...
Sunday Times reporters visiting the Central African Republic (CAR), give an account of the harsh conditions children are experiencing in the Muslim enclave of PK12 in CAR... Apart from bullet and machete wounds, malnutrition, malaria, lack of food, water and fuel are some of the challenges stalking the residents...  "It's been a constant nightmare since October," said Francesco Minisini...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinical psychologist , Gail Womersley shares her experience working in Central African Republic (CAR) and also talks about how psychological and physical stress in the country has contributed to an increase in premature births... Womersley has just returned to South Africa after working for a month giving trauma counselling to local MSF staff in CAR...
  Martine Flokstra is the MSF Head of Mission in the Central African Republic. She describes the situation of a population deeply affected by ongoing violence. What is the humanitarian situation in PK 12 camp? In the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, and elsewhere in the country, armed groups have entered the fray. New clashes have erupted...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s Jens Pedersen, UNICEF's Sooliman D'abate and Africa Institute of South Africa's Bongani Maphosa and Institute for Security Studies' David Zounmenou, discuss the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Listen to the podcast below
South Africa is coming under increasing pressure to contribute more to resolving the crisis in Central African Republic (CAR), where an African and international force of peacekeepers has been unable to stop communal and religious violence... Besides calls by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the international community to provide 3 000 more troops, an International Humanitarian...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) SA Humanitarian Advisor, Jens Pedersen and AU spokesperson for MISCA, Eloi Yao discuss the conflict in Central Africa during the Redi Thlabi show. Listen to part 2 of the podcast below
Visit MSF projects around the world and see what we do. This month we take a look at the Central African Republic, South Sudan, refugees in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, and Afghanistan  
An estimated 100 000 people holed up at an airport in the Central African Republic (CAR) gained some respite this week when aid workers delivered food after a three-week impasse... Families have sought refuge at a makeshift camp at M'poko Airport in the capital, Bangui, as a wave of killing and looting continues in the country... Meanwhile, aid agencies like Medecins Sans Frontiers are also...
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