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.
Sudan: “Unacceptable” detention of MSF medical team in Khartoum
Nine Médecins sans frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff members were detained by the Sudanese authorities in the capital Khartoum on the evening of 24 January, before being released the following morning.
‘Unjustifiable’ Saudi-led coalition air strike on prison kills and injures hundr
An air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Sa'ada City Remand Prison in the early hours of January 21 has killed at least 82 people and injured 266, according to the Ministry of Health, with the death toll likely to increase as researchers still comb the rubble.
COVID-19: New Year brings renewed MSF appeal for vaccine equity
With World Health Organisation's (WHO) forecasts indicating more than 50 per cent of Europeans are likely to become infected with the Omicron variant in the next six to eight weeks, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges the European Union (EU) and governments around the world to take all necessary measures to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 medical tools including medicines, tests and vaccines in order to reduce global mortality and the likelihood of further variants developing.
MSF team leaves Belarus border region after the blockade of aid organisations
Three months after sending an emergency response team to assist migrants and refugees crossing from Belarus to Poland, international medical organisation MSF has withdrawn this project after being repeatedly blocked by Polish authorities from accessing the forested border region, where groups of people are surviving in sub-zero temperatures, in desperate need of medical and humanitarian assistance.