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Even as Yemen was reeling from the effects of a relentless war, a cholera epidemic broke out in April 2017. In the ensuing months, the epidemic would engulf almost the entire country, pushing an already vulnerable population to the very brink. It was this Yemen Dr Shiny Kaki went to in May. The…
September 28, 2017
MSF nurse Kawkab Al Sarafi working in the Emergency Room of the Al Koweit university hospital in Sana’a. Photo: Florian SERIEX

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It wasn't looking good for the thin 10-year-old girl lying on a bed in a darkened room at the MSF health facility in Kutupalong, in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar region. After fleeing across the border with her family eleven days ago following a recent increase in violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, she…
“Before, I had no courage to help other women because I was afraid of my husband,” says Saliha, speaking rapidly in the afternoon heat. “But now, I have overcome all of my fears and anxieties.” Saliha is a patient at MSF’s women’s health clinic in Kamrangirchar, a densely populated slum in the…
hilst young women wait to access the reproductive and family planning services the clinic offers, counsellors provide education about intimate partner and sexual violence, and make women aware of the support available. Photo: Amber Dowell / MSF
Incidents of sexual and gender-based violence are unfortunately not uncommon in Delhi. An average of six cases of sexual assault are reported every day. Newspapers give frequent accounts of women who have been assaulted or abused — a grim indicator considering that most incidents go unreported.…
Virginia Lee
MSF staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo are living through the same trauma as their patients On the edge of a copse of eucalyptus trees, a play is underway. It’s a familiar tragedy with an identifiable cast: a drunk abusive father, a put-upon wife, and a daughter on the cusp of womanhood.…
Counsellor Floribert Nzaituriki Nabonibo, conducts a psychosocial consultation with psychiatric patient Fabien Banjanga, at Mweso General Hospital on the border between the Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Sara Creta/MSF
Even as Yemen was reeling from the effects of a relentless war, a cholera epidemic broke out in April 2017. In the ensuing months, the epidemic would engulf almost the entire country, pushing an already vulnerable population to the very brink. It was this Yemen Dr Shiny Kaki went to in May. The…
MSF nurse Kawkab Al Sarafi working in the Emergency Room of the Al Koweit university hospital in Sana’a. Photo: Florian SERIEX
Dr Tufail Ahmad is a Pakistani doctor working at MSF’s nutrition programme at the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, Eastern Baluchistan, Pakistan. Tufail Ahmad is examining a severely malnourished child admitted in Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) in MSF’s Dera…
One year old triplets, Haniya, Iftikhar and Taha were successfully treated at MSF newborn unit in Dera Murad Jamali, district Nasserbad. The babies were brought to MSF medical facility with low birth weight. Photo: Nasir Ghafoor/MSF
Covered in dust, four-year-old Ahmed* sits on his father`s lap outside the MSF hospital in west Mosul. The boy devours a biscuit that’s just been handed to him, covering his face in chocolate. For the moment, Ahmed seems distracted from the horrors he`s survived, including the death of his two…
Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are being forcibly returned to northeast Nigeria. In March 2017, three of them told MSF staff their stories.   Mayara*, 35 years old, 16 March 2017 I am originally from a village, not too far from here, but fled to Kolofata in Cameroon more than one year ago…
Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
As fighting intensifies to control the city of Raqqa, the city’s residents are once again caught in the middle. During six years of war, they have suffered bombing, fighting, persecution and public beheadings. Thousands have risked their lives to cross checkpoints and minefields to reach safer…
MSF staff entering the Meshta Nour hospital, Kobane, Syria. Photo: Jamal Bali/MSF
Swaziland has the highest rate of new cases of tuberculosis in the world. Multidrug-resistant forms of the disease are on the increase.  For many DR-TB patients like Winile, treatment is a long and gruelling two-year journey involving between 15 to 25 toxic tablets every day and daily…
Winile, 39, XDR-TB patient & HIV-positive, received a sign language qualification. She became deaf due to the side effects of the treatment. Matsapha clinic, Manzini Region, Swaziland. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
By Zanele Zwane, MSF Swaziland “You see, I am healed. Even my legs don’t give me problems anymore. Now I can walk perfectly. I walk around the hospital; go out for fresh air and come back when I’m ready,” says an elated Tholakele as she walks around her ward demonstrating her recovery.  …
Tholakele, an MDR-TB patient, was admitted in National TB Hospital, Moneni, Manzini Region, Swaziland  in April 2016. She now spends her days reading her bible. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
Over 290,000 people live in refugee camps in Tanzania`s northwestern Kigoma district, the vast majority coming from neighbouring Burundi. People are crossing the border every day – in January, nearly 19,000 Burundians arrived in Tanzania, according to the UNHCR. Unsanitary and overcrowded…
More than 290,000 people live in refugee camps in Tanzania's northwestern Kigoma district. Photo: Eleanor Weber Ballard/MSF
It wasn't looking good for the thin 10-year-old girl lying on a bed in a darkened room at the MSF health facility in Kutupalong, in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar region. After fleeing across the border with her family eleven days ago following a recent increase in violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, she…
“Before, I had no courage to help other women because I was afraid of my husband,” says Saliha, speaking rapidly in the afternoon heat. “But now, I have overcome all of my fears and anxieties.” Saliha is a patient at MSF’s women’s health clinic in Kamrangirchar, a densely populated slum in the…
hilst young women wait to access the reproductive and family planning services the clinic offers, counsellors provide education about intimate partner and sexual violence, and make women aware of the support available. Photo: Amber Dowell / MSF
Incidents of sexual and gender-based violence are unfortunately not uncommon in Delhi. An average of six cases of sexual assault are reported every day. Newspapers give frequent accounts of women who have been assaulted or abused — a grim indicator considering that most incidents go unreported.…
Virginia Lee
MSF staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo are living through the same trauma as their patients On the edge of a copse of eucalyptus trees, a play is underway. It’s a familiar tragedy with an identifiable cast: a drunk abusive father, a put-upon wife, and a daughter on the cusp of womanhood.…
Counsellor Floribert Nzaituriki Nabonibo, conducts a psychosocial consultation with psychiatric patient Fabien Banjanga, at Mweso General Hospital on the border between the Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Sara Creta/MSF
Even as Yemen was reeling from the effects of a relentless war, a cholera epidemic broke out in April 2017. In the ensuing months, the epidemic would engulf almost the entire country, pushing an already vulnerable population to the very brink. It was this Yemen Dr Shiny Kaki went to in May. The…
MSF nurse Kawkab Al Sarafi working in the Emergency Room of the Al Koweit university hospital in Sana’a. Photo: Florian SERIEX
Dr Tufail Ahmad is a Pakistani doctor working at MSF’s nutrition programme at the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, Eastern Baluchistan, Pakistan. Tufail Ahmad is examining a severely malnourished child admitted in Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) in MSF’s Dera…
One year old triplets, Haniya, Iftikhar and Taha were successfully treated at MSF newborn unit in Dera Murad Jamali, district Nasserbad. The babies were brought to MSF medical facility with low birth weight. Photo: Nasir Ghafoor/MSF
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