Did You Know? Safe water and good sanitation are essential to medical activities. Our teams make sure there is a clean water supply and a waste management system in all the health facilities where we work.
A grueling fight against TB

Winile was diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MD-RTB) and started treatment in March 2013. Six months into her treatment, Winile lost her hearing. Along with this, she struggled with her treatment and in 2015 it became apparent that the disease was not responding and the tuberculosis bacteria had become resistant to the medicines used. See full story here.
Since late January, nearly 30,000 people have fled fighting around Wau Shilluk. Francis Ronyo an MSF nurse was one of the national staff on duty when the order was given to evacuate and leave. “The fighting was getting closer to the town, and the remaining civilian population had started to flee. We carried on working until it was too dangerous to stay. It was a difficult decision to leave the...
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Thanks to our donors' generosity, MSF supplies free medical care in ongoing crises situations throughout the world. With continuous support, we can react to emergencies as soon as they occur and give high quality care to those who need it most.
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#FieldworkerFridays: Meet Malawian logistician, Towani Mkandawire who spent a year in Sierra Leone getting supplies to people in the most remote areas. Planning is the backbone of Towani’s daily work, and he is passionate about ensuring the right procedures are in place every step of the way. “The supply chain is a complicated process. It’s a series of interlinked activities that must be taken...
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One year after a dirty deal struck between the EU and Turkey as well as the closure of the Balkan route – men, women and children are trapped in unsafe zones outside of Europe: they are unable to flee, forced to use even more dangerous smuggling routes to reach Europe – they remain trapped in overcrowded “hotspots” on the Greek islands. [ Bit.ly Link ]
What six years of conflict in Syria looks like. Doctors use what is available instead of what is right! Read more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Katharine Andre shares the transition of being in Agok, South Sudan, at home (Alaska) then finally in Makere in Tanzania, where she has been working with the MSF team in two different refugee camps. Read Katharines blog here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Did You Know? Many women across the world give birth without medical assistance, massively increasing the risk of complications or death. Ninety nine percent of these deaths are in developing countries. The majority are preventable with appropriate care. In 2014 MSF staff assisted in 194,400 births. We work with midwives and traditional birth attendants to establish programmes so complicated...
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#FieldworkerFridays: To commemorate International Women’s Day, this week MSF says Thank You to our strong, enthusiastic and committed family of female fieldworkers; women who are passionate about medical humanitarian action, and using their skills to help people caught in crises. From our doctors, nurses, and midwives, to our administrators, logisticians and human resource managers, here are a...
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In recent months, MSF teams in Serbia have treated an increasing number of patients reporting widespread violence, cruel and degrading treatment allegedly perpetrated by Hungarian authorities at the Serbian/Hungarian border. MSF calls on Hungarian authorities to investigate and take immediate action to stop these brutal practices. Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Freedom Swim Series ("FSS") is a succession of cold water Cape ocean swim races to promote swimming and to raise funds for good causes. A team of 8 people will swim for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) from Robben Island to Blouberg to raise awareness for the plight of migrants who cross the ocean for a better life. Become a Team MSF supporter today! Click on "Donate now",[ Bit.ly Link ] to...
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MSF and partners have launched a major clinical trial to target toughest strains of tuberculosis. The first patient started treatment in Georgia last week. “This is the most exciting prospect for people with Multi-Drug Resistant TB since Partners In Health first demonstrated the feasibility of treating the disease in resource-poor settings. If established as successful, shorter, injection-free...
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“Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth” For International Women’s Day 2017, we celebrate the women of #Afghanistan, and highlight the dangers
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Two teams will swim for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Freedom Swim on 8th April 2017. Swimming from Robben Island to Blouberg the teams seek to raise awareness for the plight of migrants who cross the Mediterranean sea in search of a better life. Team MSF is asking for your support to raise R8000.00. Become a Team MSF supporter today! Click “Donate” on [ Bit.ly Link ]
January saw the largest rate of new refugee arrivals from Burundi in a single month since May 2015, with nearly 19,000 people crossing the border into Tanzania, according to the UNHCR. The huge influx has added pressure in the three already overstretched refugee camps and a few other problems have arisen as a result of overcrowding. In camps where MSF work, medical teams have seen a four-fold...
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DID YOU KNOW? In conflict situations, MSF does not take sides. We provide medical care based on needs alone and work hard to try and reach the people who need help most. If warring parties see aid organisations as being on one side of a conflict, we are less likely to gain access to those in need and more likely to be attacked. One of the ways in which we are able to demonstrate our...
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#FieldworkerFridays:
From refugee to MSF fieldworker, meet Congolese nurse Dodo Kibasomba. After fleeing the fighting in her home country in 2004, she settled in South Africa as a refugee. She recently returned from Nigeria’s Borno State – her seventh field assignment with MSF. “I’m very happy to be doing what I’m doing because I myself know the real life experience of being a refugee. That’s...
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Following the airstrike on Abs hospital in August which killed 19 people and injured 24 and in the wake of a row of attacks on several medical facilities in Northern Yemen, MSF decided to evacuate most of its staff from both Hajja and Sa’ada governorates. On 19 February, an MSF team returned to work in Haydan district hospital. Up to 200,000 people in this mountainous region rely on Haydan...
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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is saddened and shocked by death of Ebola fighter Salome Karwah. Salome first came to MSF in Liberia as an Ebola patient in 2014 and after bravely fighting a disease that killed her parents and other members of her family, she returned to provide mental healthcare to people suffering from the disease. Salome passed away a few days ago. MSF extends sincere...
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