Medecins Sans Frontieres

In This Very Challenged Region, Ebola Is Evolving Into a National Disaster

Dr Benjamin Black | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK
Dr Benjamin Black

Occasionally everyone stops what they are doing; the doctors, nurses, and cleaners. Everyone. All attention is directed to the decontamination exit from high risk zone. A patient is being discharged. Like a celebrity the survivor is surrounded by an excitable crowd of whooping and clapping. The beaming faces of the crowd reflected in the broad smile and shining eyes of the survivor. It is an intensely emotional moment, though often bittersweet.

Central American Insomnia

Agus Morales | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

The number of children on the route to the US keeps on growing. Nine per cent of the patients treated by MSF in south and central Mexico are minors. "Kids typically come with their families - normally they are not alone," says MSF psychologist Miguel Gil. "They live it in another way, they have a clearer perspective of time than adults, and they learn the route and the places by heart."

Ebola Outbreak Provokes Shift in Attitudes Towards Health Care and Burial Rituals in Sierra Leone

Amjata Bayoh | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Amjata Bayoh

Despite the work of both government and Médecins Sans Frontières, there is still an atmosphere of anxiety surrounding the crisis. Lahai says that patients admitted to the hospital for other conditions have been escaping because they are afraid and don't feel protected: every day someone dies from Ebola and they think that they are at risk of dying if they continue to stay at the hospital.

The Operation Was Successful, But the Patient Died

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

For those who do manage to reach health facilities, actual care often remains elusive because of cost. In Khost, in the east of the country, and in the capital, Kabul, roughly half the people surveyed by MSF borrowed money or sold what they could to pay for medicines or doctors' fees during a recent illness. Several sought care in neighbouring Pakistan.

Trucking Instead of Protecting: How International Militaries and Aid Agencies Are Failing Civilians in CAR

Karline Kleijer | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Karline Kleijer

In a show of pragmatism seemingly incompatible with their stated mandate, international forces in CAR have been providing protection to convoys of Muslims trying to leave towns and villages in fear of certain death, instead of stopping attacks against them.

What We Need to Save Lives in South Sudan

Arjan Hehenkamp | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Arjan Hehenkamp

Ordinary South Sudan citizens have been extraordinarily affected by the violent events of the past weeks. The destruction of hospitals and markets, as well as the increased pressure on host communities due to mass displacement, brings me to this conclusion: South Sudan will face a humanitarian emergency for the months to come, and its people will need all the help they can get.

Aid Efforts Expanding as Inflatable Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital Arrives in Tacloban

Yann Libessart | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Yann Libessart

The team in charge of installing the inflatable hospital is arriving. It's with real joy that I meet up with old friends. Eric, my firm friend from Quebec with whom I already shared adventures in Burundi and Haiti. I had bumped into Daniel the mechanic in Nigeria, Damien the Aussie in Niger, Aurélie the electrician last summer when we were carrying on a vaccination campaign in a refugee camp in South Sudan.

One Man's Struggle in Syria: Six Operations Later'

Jane-Ann McKenna | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Jane-Ann McKenna

Abdul* sits stoically upright in bed as he explains how he came to be here, in this hospital in Jordan. "I was a civilian, not a fighter. My brother was captured by the regime and killed. I was arrested and imprisoned for seven months, where I was tortured on a regular basis"...

Responding to Protect Civilians in Syria?

James Kearney | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
James Kearney

Over 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the fighting began... As many as 35,000 of these have been civilians. Yet it is the recent chemical attacks, which have allegedly killed 300 to 400 people, and injured several thousand, that have galvanised the United States, United Kingdom, France and others to now consider imminent military intervention.

My Enemy's Doctor Is My Enemy

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

This is not a simple war, and there are no simple aid solutions. As the UN marks the registration of the millionth Syrian refugee this week, having fled material destitution on top of living in constant fear, it's clear that the status quo cannot be an option.

White Plague: Multidrug Resistant TB Crisis 'Needs Urgent Attention'

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

For many people, the disease tuberculosis evokes images of the sickly child-protagonists of Victorian novels, bed-bound with “consumption”. Bu...

Two Medecins Sans Frontieres Staff Kidnapped In Kenya

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK

Two Medecins Sans Frontieres staff have been kidnapped in Kenya.. According to reports they were seized by gunmen, along with two Kenyans, in a cam...

Olivia Williams

The Humanitarian Cost Of The Battle For Tripoli

HuffingtonPost.com | Olivia Williams | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK

Humanitarian agencies in Tripoli are warning of a severe lack of medical assistance in the capital as the number of casualties grows amid heavy fighti...