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Afghan hospital attackers 'came to kill mothers' – MSF

May 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The assailants who entered the facility through the main gate moved straight to the maternity ward, Doctors Without Borders says

KABUL HOSPITAL ATTACK. Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack outside a hospital in Kabul on May 12, 2020. File photo by AFP

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Treating patients in world's largest refugee settlement

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42 PM

How do you address the needs of 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who are vulnerable to serious health risks like infections, outbreaks, and psychiatric conditions?

DAILY WORK. Healthcare workers from Médecins Sans Frontières walk along a bamboo bridge to start their work of providing medical care to refugees. All photos courtesy of Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders to hold photo exhibit in Cebu City

May 30, 2019 - 12:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The '#WeAreMSF: A Walk-through Photo Exhibit' will showcase photos that capture what the organization stands for and how Filipinos can join its cause

WHO agrees to watered down resolution for clearer drug prices

May 29, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Doctors Without Borders calls the watered down resolution 'a welcome first step' but adds it did not go far enough

[OPINION] The detours I took to become a nurse

May 12, 2019 - 12:07 PM

I realized that sometimes, you just have to go beyond the borders of your personal plans and let the world take you for a ride with its far-reaching wings

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Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Nauru orders MSF to stop work among asylum seekers

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says the Nauruan government ordered it to stop treating asylum-seekers and locals suffering from mental health problems

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

Spain doesn't rule out sending Aquarius migrants back

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:36 PM

A Spanish government spokesman says, every migrant 'will know if he has refugee status, if he is an economic migrant, and also, indeed, if he is guilty of certain offenses that make him liable to expulsion'

SOS. This handout picture obtained from French non-governmental organizations Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee on June 14, 2018 shows migrants sitting onboard French NGO's ship Aquarius. Photo by Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee/AFP

Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp

May 26, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'This is another example of the ongoing horrors suffered by many migrants and refugees while transiting through Libya,' says Doctors Without Borders

Ebola death toll hits 26 in DR Congo as vaccinations start

May 21, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Since the outbreak was announced on May 8, there have been 49 cases, comprising 22 confirmed by laboratory tests, 21 probable and six suspected, says the Congo health ministry

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Doctors Without Borders reveals sex abuse cases as Oxfam scandal widens

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam spreads as French group Doctors Without Borders reveals it had fired 19 staff last year for harassment or abuse

MSF. This file photo shows the entrance of the Ebola treatment center of aid agency Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in Liberia on October 3, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Hundreds flee clashes in Central African Republic

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:31 PM

'There are clashes at almost every point all around Paoua. We have seen hundreds of people flee their villages to take refuge in Paoua,' says Doctors Without Borders' Jean Hospital

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Charity group Doctors Without Borders says they are extremely worried by the Nigerian military s statement 6 months after the bombing

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean – a journey that the UN said Wednesday has claimed more than 3 800 lives so far this year a record

Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Aleppo is also the focus of a new French led United Nations draft resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities

'BLOODBATH.' Syrian volunteers carry an injured person on a stretcher following Syrian government forces airstrikes on the rebel held neighbourhood of Heluk in Aleppo, on September 30, 2016. Photo by Thaer Mohammed/AFP

US-made bomb used in deadly strike on Yemen hospital – Amnesty

Sep 19, 2016 - 4:06 PM

The rights watchdog said a US made precision guided Paveway series aerial bomb was used according to independent experts who assessed photographs of a bomb fin taken at the site

Yemeni workers clean at an hospital operated by the the Paris-based aid agency, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), on August 16, 2016 in Abs, in the rebel-held northern province of Hajja, a day after the hospital was allegedly hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition, fighting against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels. Stringer/AFP

At least 11 killed in coalition air raid on Yemen hospital – MSF

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:01 AM

An Arab coalition air raid hit a Yemeni hospital on Monday August 15 killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 19 just 48 hours after strikes that killed children

This hand out picture released by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows people examining a hospital operated by the NGO after it was hit by an Arab coalition air strike on August 15, 2016 in Abs. MSF/Handout/AFP

Yemeni rebels free 276 loyalists

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The government loyalists are reportedly freed as a sign of good will for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

epa05376312 Houthi militia members hold up weapons during a gathering mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2016. According to reports, violent clashes are still taking place between Houthi rebels and Yemen?s Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen?s several areas as UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen?s warring factions come into the second month of sessions in an attempt to end more than a year of conflict in the troubled Arab country. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

No longer just a job: the unlikely crew saving lives in the Med

May 30, 2016 - 8:31 PM

They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place

RESCUED. Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius," two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. Photo by Gabriel Buoys / AFP

Survivors call for US troops to face trial over Afghan hospital air strike

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Survivors of a US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan dismiss an American military investigation that said the bombardment did not amount to a war crime

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A handout file picture made available on October 1, 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 30, 2015. Photo by EPA/MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse

FIGHTING FREEZE? Syrians at the site of airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan Al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. Photo by Zouhir Al Shimale/EPA

Air strike hits clinic in rebel area of Syria's Aleppo – civil defense

Apr 29, 2016 - 6:37 PM

The strike on the Al Marja neighbourhood wounds several people including at least one nurse

A fair shot: Campaign to cut PH pneumonia vaccine price

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Although pneumonia is the best selling vaccine it is also the priciest NextDayBetter and MSF want to change that

MSF pulls out of Lesbos hot spot as aid groups slam migrant deal

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The move comes a day after the UN refugee agency UNHCR said it had suspended some activities in Greece saying reception centers had become detention facilities

REFUGEES IN LESBOS. A refugee family after they arrived on a boat from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos, near the port city of Mytilene, Greece, March 9, 2016. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Syria ceasefire brings respite to overworked medics

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:47 AM

When a ceasefire came into effect across large parts of Syria early on Saturday February 27 many doctors and emergency workers breathed a sigh of relief

BREATHER. Syrian emergency personnel rest at their center on February 29, 2016 in the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Syria's second city Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Dozens of Syria health facilities hit last year – MSF

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:52 PM

The health infrastructure of the war torn country has been decimated says the organization

epaselect epa05162072 A handout image dated 15 February 2016, provided by the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Bordersorganization, showing destruction and rubble at an MSF-supported hospital in Idlib province in northern Syria, largely destroyed in an attack on early 15 February 2016. At least eight staff members are missing after airstrikes at a hospital affiliated with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Syria, believed to have been carried out by Russian jets. 'We can confirm that the MSF-supported structure in Maaret al-Noumaan in northern Idlib was destroyed this morning in airstrikes,' said Mirella Hodeib, a press offer at MSF in Beirut. MSF said 40,000 people would be cut off from access to medical services as a result of the latest strikes on the hospital in Idlib. Three MSF-supported hospitals were recently damaged in Aleppo. EPA/SAM TAYLOR / MSF / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

25 killed in Monday's bombing of Syria hospital – MSF

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Revising a previous death toll of 11 an MSF spokeswoman says 9 hospital staff and 16 other people died after the hospital was bombed

Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria, 9 dead

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in Syria killing 9 people including a child the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria's Aleppo

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate.  Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor said, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. / AFP / BULENT KILIC

Aid heads for starving Syrian town Madaya

Jan 11, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The delivery will happen simultaneously with aid entering two government held towns under rebel siege in the northwest of the country

WAITING. Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya. Photo by Marwan Ibrahim/AFP

At least 4 dead in missile strike on MSF clinic in Yemen

Jan 10, 2016 - 11:10 PM

MSF could not specify whether the medical facility was hit in an air strike by the Saudi led coalition or by a rocket fired from the ground

My Syrian patients’ strength amid war

Jan 02, 2016 - 8:56 AM

When I came home and saw my loved ones I thought about how lucky I am not to live in a country at war

Death toll rises to 42 in Afghan hospital strike – MSF

Dec 12, 2015 - 7:58 PM

After a methodical review of records and testimonies the MSF revises the number of people killed in the October 3 air raid

DEADLY BOMBING. A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

MSF hospital strike 'caused primarily by human error' – US probe

Nov 25, 2015 - 11:43 PM

The investigation reveals the medical facility was misidentified as a target by US personnel

DEADLY BOMBING. A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

MSF wants answers from Saudi-led coalition over Yemen hospital strike

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Saudi Arabia denies that the coalition which launched an air campaign against Iran backed Huthis and their allies in late March were behind the attack in the rebel stronghold Saada

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS. A Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) (MSF) flag is raised to half-mast and candles and messages are left in solidarity with those killed outside MSF headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2015. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Yemen MSF says hospital hit by air raid, no casualties

Oct 27, 2015 - 10:22 PM

Around 5 000 people have been killed in the conflict since March more than half of them civilians according to UN estimates

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Swiss support international probe of Afghan hospital bombing

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:33 PM

MSF condemns the attack as a war crime and insists an independent probe is needed not only to establish the facts of the attack

Pentagon to make 'condolence payments' to Kunduz victims

Oct 11, 2015 - 7:39 AM

Doctors Without Borders has condemned the attack which killed 12 staff and 10 patients as a war crime

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A handout file picture made available on October 1, 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 30, 2015. Phtoo by EPA/MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the recovery of bodies of plane crash victims increased US maritime assistance and reactions on the bullet train deal with China

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

Hospital never a legitimate target – US general

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:29 AM

Asked whether the presence of Taliban fighters in a hospital could justify a strike Campbell said simply: No

Obama apologizes to MSF for deadly Kunduz air strike

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Three separate probes – by the US military NATO and Afghan officials – are under way into Saturday s catastrophic strike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz which left 22 people dead

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama participates a discussion at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, October 7, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds.

MSF demands international probe into Kunduz air strike

Oct 07, 2015 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED MSF chief: This was not just an attack on our hospital it was an attack on the Geneva conventions This cannot be tolerated

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:18 AM

General John Campbell s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday s October 3 devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage

ATTACKED. In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. AFP/MSF