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Displaced people in Bouar living amid fear and growing needs

The town of Bouar became one of the theatres for the latest cycle of violence in the country

People in the town of Bouar, in western Central African Republic (CAR), have been living in fear since the end of December, when the town became one of the theatres for the latest cycle of violence in the country. A coalition of armed groups and the government, supported by its…

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MSF emergency team responds to worrying health needs in Riang, South Sudan, with high rates of malaria

In January, an MSF emergency team flew into Riang and found remote communities struggling to access clean water, safe water storage, latrines and basic healthcare

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned about the situation in Riang, in Jonglei state, eastern South Sudan, where the health of communities is increasingly at risk. In January, an MSF emergency team flew into Riang and found remote communities struggling to access clean water, safe water storage, latrines…

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Ethiopia: MSF provides medical assistance to some of the most affected people in Tigray

Since December 23, MSF medical teams have been running the hospital’s emergency room, as well as the medical, surgical, pediatric, and maternity wards

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia after fighting broke out in early November, 2020. Some 50,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns and remote areas or trapped between…

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Mali: A patient dies after an MSF ambulance is violently detained

Médecins Sans Frontières condemns a "serious and violent obstruction of medical aid, and calls for respect of humanitarian and medical action and the civilian population”

A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ambulance transporting patients between Douentza and Sévaré, in central Mali, was violently stopped by armed men for hours on Tuesday 5 January, resulting in the death of one of the patients onboard. MSF strongly condemns this serious obstruction of medical aid, and calls on all…

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Responding to neglected crises in the Sahel

Acute humanitarian emergencies worsened by armed conflict and mass displacement

Two of the most acute humanitarian crises in the world are currently taking place in the central Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions. Africa’s Sahel region stretches across the continent from east to west—a semiarid belt that lies between the Saharan desert to north and the Sudanian savanna to the…

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MSF treats people injured in bombings in Bounty and Kikara, central Mali

MSF sent two vehicles to transport the injured to the Douentza referral health center after local residents informed the team that there were people in need of urgent medical care

The international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), treated eight people seriously injured in attacks on the villages of Bounty and Kikara, central Mali, on January 3. The patients were treated at the MSF-supported Douentza referral health center and had gunshot wounds and wounds from explosions. "The region of…

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MSF provides care in post-election attacks in Bangassou, CAR

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams transported and urgently treated 12 wounded at the Bangassou Regional University Hospital (HRUB)

On Sunday 3 January, the coalition of non-state armed groups attacked and took control of Bangassou, a town in the southeast of the Central African Republic (CAR), on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During the day, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams transported and urgently treated 12…

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Coronavirus - World Mental Health Day: Dadaab’s refugees face the prospect of a life sentence in one of the harshest places on earth

Desperation builds in Dadaab, as promises of durable solutions falter in the face of COVID-19

A mental health crisis is growing in the Dadaab refugee complex, where hundreds of thousands of Somalis have been stuck for decades now. A fatal mix of pent-up despair, anxiety and fear, combined with new uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, is forcing refugees to take extreme measures. Doctors…

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Landmark Move: South Africa & India propose no patents on COVID-19 medicines, tools during pandemic

India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to choose to neither grant nor enforce patents

MSF: "With this bold action, India and South Africa have shown that governments want to be back in the driver’s seat when it comes to ensuring all people can have access to needed COVID-19 medical products" In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World…

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Hidden impact of conflict: How cycles of violence impede access to basic medical care in Jonglei State, South Sudan

Medical treatment for people wounded in these attacks uses precious resources, hampering the response to acute illnesses and chronic diseases

Late in the evening on 3 August 2020, MSF’s coordination office in Juba, the capital of South Sudan received an urgent report. “45 wounded in less than 24 hours and reports of hundreds more coming.” It was the beginning of my third month in Juba. As an emergency coordinator, I…