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Just back from Yida refugee camp, South Sudan, #Atlanta native Elizabeth Elliott says the hardest part is leaving people. 

An MSF doctor in Batil camp, South Sudan, uses an iPhone to examine a patient’s throat. He had developed symptoms of Hepatitis E a month prior, but only came to the clinic after he had tried traditional medicine and saw no improvement. MSF responded to an outbreak of deadly Hepatitis E in the camp in February; there is no cure but symptoms are treatable. Photo by Shannon Jensen

An MSF doctor in Batil camp, South Sudan, uses an iPhone to examine a patient’s throat. He had developed symptoms of Hepatitis E a month prior, but only came to the clinic after he had tried traditional medicine and saw no improvement. MSF responded to an outbreak of deadly Hepatitis E in the camp in February; there is no cure but symptoms are treatable. Photo by Shannon Jensen

U.S. surgeon Steve Rubin is working in an inflatable operating theatre in northern Syria, where the health care system has been destroyed by war. See a video about treating patients in Syria here.

U.S. surgeon Steve Rubin is working in an inflatable operating theatre in northern Syria, where the health care system has been destroyed by war. See a video about treating patients in Syria here.

If you could ask the international president of Doctors Without Borders/MSF anything, what would it be? Go to Reddit now for the AMA! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1it4je/i_am_unni_karunakara_international_president_of/
Ask MSF’s International President, Dr. Unni Karunakara, anything on @Reddit on Monday at 9am EDT @Reddit_AMA

Ask MSF’s International President, Dr. Unni Karunakara, anything on @Reddit on Monday at 9am EDT @Reddit_AMA

COMING SOON: MSF TV

We’re excited to let you know about MSF.TV, an online TV station that we’re launching on 2 October at 12:00pm AEST, taking you behind the scenes of Médecins Sans Frontières. We’d love you to get behind it to help us reach as many people as possible, so they get to know who we are and what we do. Visit http://bit.ly/Rm8yx8 for more info.

COMING SOON: MSF TV

We’re excited to let you know about MSF.TV, an online TV station that we’re launching on 2 October at 12:00pm AEST, taking you behind the scenes of Médecins Sans Frontières. We’d love you to get behind it to help us reach as many people as possible, so they get to know who we are and what we do. Visit http://bit.ly/Rm8yx8 for more info.

The Fulbright Association will present its 2012 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to the international medical humanitarian organization MSF. The formal award ceremony is scheduled for September 8, 2012, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

“This is the first time the Prize has been given to an organization rather than to individuals,” said Patricia Krebs, president of the Fulbright Association. “MSF was a unanimous first choice of the International Selection Committee because of the shared goals of the two organizations in promoting global understanding and humanitarian principles.”Photo: A patient is examined at an MSF mobile clinic in Besse.
Central African Republic 2011 © Anna Surinyach

The Fulbright Association will present its 2012 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to the international medical humanitarian organization MSF. The formal award ceremony is scheduled for September 8, 2012, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

This is the first time the Prize has been given to an organization rather than to individuals,” said Patricia Krebs, president of the Fulbright Association. “MSF was a unanimous first choice of the International Selection Committee because of the shared goals of the two organizations in promoting global understanding and humanitarian principles.”

Photo: A patient is examined at an MSF mobile clinic in Besse. Central African Republic 2011 © Anna Surinyach

As the sun went down and the ridges of the Mitumba mountains turned a smoke blue, a line of mothers sat quietly on a wooden bench in front of the nurses’ station in the pediatric tent. The children lying prostrate in their laps were new admissions, too weak to protest against the nurses, who wore miner’s headlamps to help search for a vein to place a drip.

Chris Bird, a former Reuters and Guardian reporter, put down his notepad and left more than 10 years of news reporting to study medicine with the intention of returning to the front lines where he can be hands-on saving lives and alleviating the kind of suffering he once wrote about.

Here he talks about18-month-old Bahati’s struggle to survive severe malaria.

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SomaliaSomalia: Providing Humanitarian Aid on al-Shabab’s Turf

Listen to an interview with MSF’s Duncan Mclean on PRI’s The World - the topic was the Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed book in the context of Somalia.

Duncan Mclean helps manage the group’s work in Somalia. He says that the hospital Doctors Without Borders operates on the outskirts of Mogadishu treats any injured individual, including al-Shabab fighters.

Photo: Somalia, September 2011. (Photo: Yann Libessart/MSF)

MSF’s Dr. Greg Elder appeared on CNN to talk about the Syrian regime’s campaign of unrelenting repression against people wounded in demonstrations and the medical workers trying to treat them.

While MSF cannot work directly in Syria, it has collected testimonies from wounded patients treated outside the country and from doctors inside Syria. The testimonies, collected from several people from various parts of the country, point to a crackdown on the provision of urgent medical care for people wounded in the ongoing violence in Syria.  

"In Syria today, wounded patients and doctors are pursued, and risk torture and arrest at the hands of the security services," said Marie-Pierre Allié, MSF president. "Medicine is being used as a weapon of persecution."

The hospitals that I’ve visited since the clashes started are often quite chaotic scenes with many doctors and nurses unable to reach the hospital because either they live in areas that are still not secure or they can’t travel through the city from one side to another. There’s a shortage of health workers inside the facilities, but there is a huge number of people who are responding as volunteers and who are going to the hospitals to try and support and assist where they can. But this is creating quite a chaotic environment.
Speaking from Tripoli, Jonathan Whittall, MSF head of mission, describes the situation on the ground. More here.
Some hospitals have run out of life-saving medication and equipment. There is little electricity and insufficient fuel to run ambulances and some crucial equipment. The current fighting in the city will put strained medical facilities under even more pressure.

Jonathan Whittal, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Libya.

In Tripoli, where fighting has increased dramatically in recent days, several medical facilities report serious shortages of materials and staff. MSF is preparing to expand our medical response in western Libya to meet urgent humanitarian needs. Learn more.

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An aerial view of the largest refugee camp in the world.

“With the stream of news reports and images showing the Somali refugee  crisis in Kenya and Ethiopia getting worse by the day, as thousands of  people flee the famine in their war-torn country, it is easy to forget  that the refugee situation is not new.” -Samuel Loewenberg reporting from Kenya.

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An aerial view of the largest refugee camp in the world.

“With the stream of news reports and images showing the Somali refugee crisis in Kenya and Ethiopia getting worse by the day, as thousands of people flee the famine in their war-torn country, it is easy to forget that the refugee situation is not new.” -Samuel Loewenberg reporting from Kenya.

Bahrain: Armed Raid On MSF Office and Detention of Staff Member

BRUSSELS, AUGUST 3, 2011 — The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today condemned an armed raid on its premises in Bahrain and the subsequent detention of one of its staff members.

On July 28, armed security personnel violently raided MSF’s premises in Manama, damaging office property and confiscating all medical and office equipment and supplies. A Bahraini MSF volunteer, Saeed Mahdi, who works with the organization as a translator and driver, was arrested.

Since February, when demonstrations began in Bahrain, MSF has seen almost 200 injured and ill patients who did not seek care in health facilities because they feared being arrested for any involvement in protests. The MSF team has seen patients in villages across the country who have refused urgently needed hospitalization due to the high risk of arrest, and others who were severely beaten in jail. Full press release.

With all populations in crisis, it is challenging enough for health agencies and humanitarian aid workers to gain access to, and the trust of, communities—especially populations already skeptical of the motives of any outside assistance.
Dr. Unni Karunakara, MSF’s international president, on the alleged fake CIA vaccination campaign in Pakistan