Mental health needs grow after 100 days of war in Ukraine
After 100 days of war in Ukraine (3 June), MSF has been providing mental health support in shelters for displaced people, at mobile clinics in remote villages, and in urban metro stations.In the past months, MSF has observed that the war, especially the indiscriminate shelling and military occupation of certain areas, has caused serious psychological issues for the men, women and children.
Dr Bechara Ziade appointed new President of Médecins Sans Frontières Luxembourg
Following its General Assembly on 30 April, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Luxembourg has elected Dr Bechara Ziade to head its Council of Administration.
Prolonged detention of over 2,500 people in Lithuania must end now
More than 2,500 asylum seekers and migrants are still detained in inhumane conditions in Lithuania, nine months after they crossed the border from Belarus. The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is extremely concerned about the impact of prolonged detention on asylum seekers’ and migrants' mental health and calls on Lithuanian authorities to end arbitrary detention immediately.
MSF team witnesses hospital bombing in Mykolaiv
On 4 April, a four-person MSF team visited Mykolaiv to meet with city and regional health authorities. At around 3.30 pm local time, as the MSF team entered the city’s oncology hospital, which has been treating the wounded since the beginning of the war, the area around the hospital came under fire.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo: Insecurity and impunity force MSF to halt lifesavi
Four months after a convoy of vehicles belonging to international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières came under fire by unidentified armed men in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MSF has announced that it will close its projects in Nizi and Bambu due to a lack of security guarantees from all parties to the conflict.
Humanitarian emergency in Ukraine: A race against time
Lviv/ Brussels - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) fears that there is an urgent race against time to get the right medical supplies to the right places before aid can no longer reach militarily encircled towns and cities.
Corridors are not enough in Ukraine
In the besieged city of Mariupol, thousands of people, including MSF staff and their families, remain cut off from the world. MSF is closely monitoring the ongoing reports about an agreement for safe passage of civilians this weekend.
MSF mobilises response in Ukraine and nearby countries
As hundreds of thousands of people are forced to escape, MSF is working on setting up emergency response activities in Ukraine and deploying teams in Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Teams are also ready to respond in Russia and Belarus.
Landmark ‘TRIPS Waiver’ must be agreed now: no time to lose
With the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) formally resuming this week at the WTO, MSF calls on the EU, the UK and Switzerland to swiftly adopt the landmark Waiver, which would lift intellectual-property monopolies on COVID-19 medical tools, and is currently supported by more than 100 low- and middle-income countries.
A step forward towards increased COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity
MSF responds to the WHO's announcement that six countries - Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia - will receive technology from the COVID-19 mRNA technology transfer centre. It is encouraging to see that this centre is getting closer to developing and validating the world's first open access mRNA vaccine production platform.