Doctors Without Borders USA

Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.

MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. It was the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of the populations they served.

A private, nonprofit organization, MSF is at the forefront of emergency health care as well as care for populations suffering from endemic diseases and neglect. MSF provides primary health care, performs surgery, rehabilitates hospitals and clinics, runs nutrition and sanitation programs, trains local medical personnel, and provides mental health care.

For more information, or to contact Doctors Without Borders USA, see their website at: www.doctorswithoutborders.org

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Spanish Government Urged to Address Ongoing Needs of Newly Arrived Immigrants
14 Nov 03 | Hundreds of men and women, most newly arrived asylum seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa, are still without shelter, sufficient food, and medical assistance on the beaches of Ceuta, Spain, and are being forced to spend nights in the open in poor weather.

Thousands of Angolans Left to Starve
11 Jun 02 | The Angolan government and the United Nations, particularly the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), have been unacceptably slow to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of at least half a...

MSF Concerned Over New Pressures Exerted on Chechen Refugees in Ingushetia to Return to Chechnya
03 Jun 02 | On Wednesday, May 29, 2002, Mourat Ziazikov, the new president of Ingushetia and General of the Special Services, along with Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the Chechen pro-Russian administration, signed an agreement foreseeing the return to Chechnya of ...

HIV/AIDS Drug Deal in Ukraine Promotes Multinationals, Ignores Cheaper Generics That Could Treat More People
24 May 02 | The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF), together with the non-governmental organization the All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, today criticized an agreement between four...

Angola: Famine Rages Across Huambo Province
23 May 02 | The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres' (MSF) latest exploratory missions to Huambo province in Angola confirm severe food and medical conditions there. For that reason, MSF urges the Angolan ...

Another Famine-Stricken Region Found in Angola
16 May 02 | A new exploratory mission conducted by the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF) in Galangue, 47 kilometers to the south of Bunjei in Huila province, Angola, has revealed another famine-...

Increasingly Alarming Nutritional Crisis Found in Angola
07 May 02 | The international medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF) is increasingly alarmed by the extent of the current nutritional crisis in Angola. MSF has begun to transfer the most severely malnourished ...

18,000 Civilians in Severe Nutritional Distress in Chipindo, Angola
03 May 02 | The international medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF) is starting an emergency feeding and medical program in Chipindo, in the province of Huila in Angola to come to the rescue of 18,000 people, who ...

MSF Report Blames War Tactics for Massive Civilian Mortality in Western Upper Nile
29 Apr 02 | In a report released today, the international medical organization Doctors Without Borderes/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) charged warring parties in Sudan's western Upper Nile (WUN) region with responsibility for appalling civilian mortality from...

New Data Confirms Starvation in Angola
26 Apr 02 | The latest data shows 26% global acute malnutrition and 9% severe malnutrition, figures that exceed the emergency threshold. Additional data collected by screening the newly arrived displaced from Chitembo (southern Bie province) indicate 26% ...

Enormous Humanitarian Needs in Newly Accessible Areas of Angola
25 Apr 02 | One MSF medical team assessed the situation in Bunjei, an area situated 116 km from Caala in the south of the country (Huila Province). "We counted 14 deaths per day over a population of around 14,000 in Bunjei," said Thierry Allfort-Duverger, ...

WHO Announcement On Africa Malaria Day Signals Positive Shift In Treatment Policy
25 Apr 02 | Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF) welcomes this new policy and calls for increased funds to aid immediate implementation. In 2001, when the South African province KwaZulu Natal changed to artemisinin-based combination ...

Sierra Leone: Repatriation Process Endangering Health and Security of Thousands
12 Apr 02 | In advance of the May 14 elections in Sierra Leone, internally displaced persons and recently repatriated Sierra Leonean refugees are being sent back to their regions of origin. However, the population was suddenly sent home, stopping at transit ...

The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law
10 Apr 02 | In "The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law," Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier draws on her expertise in humanitarian law and her experience as legal director for the international humanitarian relief organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans ...

Urgent Need to Kick-Start R&D for Killer Diseases in Poor Countries
14 Mar 02 | Conference participants explored new paradigms for stimulating research and development for drugs for neglected diseases, including a not-for-profit, needs-driven initiative to support research and development of new drugs for the most neglected ...

MSF Strongly Condemns the Recent Israeli Attacks on Medical Services in the Occupied Autonomous Palestinian Territories
10 Mar 02 | Since November 2000, Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF) has launched two medical and psychological care programs in the Palestinian autonomous territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Emergency medical services and ...

Alarming Food Crisis in Northern Afghanistan
21 Feb 02 | The food crisis in northern Afghanistan is reaching alarming proportions, according to the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF). We urgently need donors and international organizations to pull ...

MSF Denounces Killing of Aid Worker and Civilians in Southern Sudan
15 Feb 02 | A Sudanese health worker from the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/M‚decins Sans FrontiŠres (MSF), 20 year-old James Koang Mar, and four other Sudanese civilians were killed last week when at least three bombs were ...

Number One Killer of Children in Africa Too Expensive to Treat Effectively?
13 Feb 02 | As East African countries are about to change national malaria treatment protocols and the East African Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatment (EANMAT) meets in Nairobi to discuss rising resistance to malaria treatments, Doctors Without ...

Entire Village Looted in Southern Sudan
11 Feb 02 | Last Thursday, the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returned to Nimne in oil-rich Western Upper Nile, southern Sudan for an assessment following a weeklong evacuation. "This is a targeted ...

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