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UKRAINE. Mariupol. 24 February 2022. Civilians whose homes were hit by a rocket leave the area.


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.
In 2019, MSF teams were providing medical care in the village of Opytne in eastern Ukraine.© Zdenek Chaloupka


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.
A member of the MSF mobile vaccination team prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a nursing home in Shayle, Mount Lebanon.

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.
Campagne de peintures murales pro-vaccination de MSF à Khayelitsha

South Africa

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.
Des bâtiments gisent détruits le 30 octobre 2015 le long de la rue de Sa'ada suite à d'intenses attaques aériennes. (Image à titre illustratif)


‘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 Démonstration de l'équité en matière de vaccins à Washington, DC. Novembre 2021

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.
An Iraqi Kurdish family of seven with five children aged between 5 and 15 has already spent 20 days in the woods.


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.
Le personnel de MSF nettoie une greffe de peau pour une patiente qui a subi une brûlure grave à la jambe - Octobre 2021. ©Pierre Fromentin/MSF


Haiti: MSF responds to gasoline truck explosion in Cap-Haitien

Nouveaux bombardements en Syrie, afflux massif de blessés dans un hôpital cogéré par MSF ©Robin Meldrum/MSF


Mass casualty influx in an MSF co-managed hospital following an airstrike

On Saturday 11 December 2021, 15 casualties were rushed to a hospital co-managed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) following an airstrike in Idlib governorate, northwest Syria.