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“Returning to Haiti means death”

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, August 12, 2022—Haitians seeking asylum in the United States continue to be at risk of being expelled and sent back to a country in crisis, where the capital, Port-au-Prince, has become a battleground between armed groups, causing thousands of people to flee their homes and leaving many residents with extremely limited access to […]

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Dr. Carrie Teicher: Doctors Without Borders USA statement on reports announcing the end of Title 42

The Biden administration will end Title 42—a public health order that has been misused to block and expel people seeking protection at the US border more than 1.7 million times in the past two years—in May, according to multiple media reports today. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) welcomes this long overdue decision to revoke […]

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Dr. Carrie Teicher, MSF: Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine donations are not enough to end pandemic

The Biden Administration’s announcement that it will purchase 500 million additional doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for COVAX—the global initiative that aims to deliver COVID-19vaccines based on public health needs—is a welcome step that will help vaccinate 250 million people worldwide. The need for doses is immediate, however, and these doses won’t begin shipping until […]

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In Gaza, lingering trauma is worsening a mental health crisis

More than one month after a ceasefire was announced between the Israeli government and Hamas the mental health consequences of the conflict are still taking a heavy toll. Twelve-year-old Mohanned and his aunt were in a car when the neighborhood they were passing through was hit by an Israeli airstrike. Mohanned survived the blast but was hit […]

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After encouraging statement from US on landmark COVID-19 monopoly waiver, MSF calls on all opposing countries to relent ahead of next talks

GENEVA, April 21, 2021 – Ahead of a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting on Thursday to discuss a proposal to waive certain intellectual property on COVID-19 medical tools during the pandemic, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) commended a recent statement by the new WTO General Director Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, calling on governments to move forward with […]

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Tigray, Ethiopia: MSF staff are attacked and witness men taken off public bus and killed

March 24, 2021—Karline Kleijer, head of emergency programs for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), gave the following statement today in response to events in Ethiopia: We are horrified by the continued violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. This includes the extrajudicial killings of at least four men who were dragged off public buses and executed by soldiers, […]

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Doctors Without Borders: Statement on suspension of the Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain in Mexico” policy)

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the Biden administration’s immediate suspension of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—better known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. MSF medical teams have witnessed firsthand the harmful impacts of MPP on our patients trapped in danger.  Statement from Avril Benoît, Executive Director, MSF-USA  Having witnessed firsthand the harms of […]

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MSF welcomes Dr. Fauci’s support for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 13, 2020—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is encouraged by infectious disease expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments on Thursday highlighting the importance of ensuring people everywhere have access to any new COVID-19 vaccine that becomes available, not just people living in […]

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MSF to Pharma: No patents or profiteering on coronavirus drugs, tests, and vaccines in pandemic

NEW YORK/GENEVA, MARCH 27, 2020 –The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today called for no patents or profiteering on drugs, tests, or vaccines used in the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments must be prepared to suspend and override patents and to take other measures, such as price controls, to ensure availability, reduce […]

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MSF: Support urgently needed across Europe to protect medical staff from coronavirus

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, MARCH, 16 2020—As the number of people with the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, continues to rise rapidly across Europe—now the epicentre of the pandemic—the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urging European member states to demonstrate solidarity beyond their national borders. Essential medical supplies, including personal protective equipment […]

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Doctors Without Borders report exposes Afghanistan’s neglected health care crisis

Kabul/New York, March 4, 2020—People in Afghanistan still struggle to access essential medical care due to violence and widespread poverty, despite decades of international aid and investment in the country, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said in a report released today. The report, Reality Check: Afghanistan’s neglected health care […]

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Doctors Without Borders report shows damaging health impacts of US-Mexico migration policies

Mexico City/New York, February 11, 2020—New migration policies imposed by the United States and Mexico are trapping many Central Americans in dangerous conditions, with severe consequences for their physical and mental health, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released today.  The report, No Way Out, is […]

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Syria: No safe place for civilians in Idlib

December 26, 2019—The Syrian government and its allies have intensified their offensive on Syria’s Idlib province, which has been largely controlled by rebel groups. Daily bombardments have caused the deaths of many civilians and forced tens of thousands to flee in search of safety. As forces loyal to the government seek to regain the last remaining […]

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Humanitarian assistance urgently needed in neglected areas of North Kivu province, DRC

Kinshasa, December 18, 2019—A neglected humanitarian crisis is affecting hundreds of thousands of displaced people in the southern part of North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Wednesday. MSF is one of the only organizations providing emergency medical care and support in […]

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MSF doctor: People rescued at sea are petrified they will be taken back to Libya

AUGUST 22, 2019—Luca Pigozzi, a medical doctor with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the search and rescue ship the Ocean Viking in the central Mediterranean, gave the following statement today: “It’s been now 13 days that 356 vulnerable people are stranded onboard the Ocean Viking. Every day we see the situation deteriorate. There […]

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Chad: “The Measles Epidemic Declared in May 2018 is Still Not Under Control”

NEW YORK, MAY 9, 2019 – Parts of Chad, including the capital N’Djamena and the city of Am Timan, continue to battle a measles outbreak that was declared a year ago. In response, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) carried out a vaccination campaign in Am Timan district and is […]

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Yemen: MSF suspends hospital admissions in Aden after patient is kidnapped and killed

ADEN, YEMEN/NEW YORK, April 4, 2019—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended all patient admissions to the organization’s emergency trauma hospital in Aden following the kidnapping and killing of a patient. On the morning of April 2, a group of armed men threatened guards and medical staff at Al Sadaqah hospital before entering the […]

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Greece: Children Trapped in Island Camps Attempting Suicide and Self-Harm

ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 17, 2018 – Medical teams working with asylum seekers on Greek islands are seeing multiple cases each week of minors who have attempted suicide or otherwise harmed themselves, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling for the immediate evacuation of vulnerable people, especially children, to […]

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One Year After Forced Exodus from Myanmar, Rohingya Refugees Remain Trapped in Dire Conditions

August 23, 2018 – One year since more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees were forced to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh, the denial of their legal status coupled with unacceptable living conditions in makeshift camps trap refugees in a cycle of suffering. On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar Army launched renewed ”clearance operations” ostensibly aimed at […]

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Hundreds Drown at Sea as Europe Blocks Humanitarian Groups from Rescuing People in Central Mediterranean

July 12, 2018 – More than 600 people attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean in the last four weeks—including babies and toddlers—have drowned or are presumed drowned, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures. These tragedies, which represent half of the total deaths so far in 2018, took place as there were no longer […]

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