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Médecins Sans Frontières treats first CMV Retinitis patients in Myanmar with oral drug

Reduction in pricing still needed to ensure wider access to treatment.

Gaza Strip: Israel must stop bombing trapped civilians

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, the majority of the dead and...


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“If I had not returned to the clinic in Dawei, I would probably be dead”

Ma Khin Khin* is a mother of four from Palauk township, around 130 kilometres south of Dawei in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region. She is the very first Médecins Sans Frontières patient in Myanmar to receive the oral treatment,...

23/07/2014 Myanmar (Burma)

Patient testimonies: Cholera outbreak in Juba

On 6 June 2014, several patients at our Cholera Treatment Centre in Gudele, Juba, told us their story.

13/06/2014 South Sudan

"Now that cholera is here…you must watch your children"

A few days ago, Mary Keji rushed her two children, Matthew, 4, and Ludia, 2½, to Médecins Sans Frontières’ Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC). Matthew had begun to vomit and later to have serious diarrhoea. A few hours later, Ludia...

10/06/2014 South Sudan

“It was like a nightmare”

Diya, 29, is from Anbar province. He was injured in 2009 and was admitted to the Amman Reconstructive Surgery Project in 2012.

Diya was returning from a family visit when a bomb exploded directly under the car he was driving....

30/04/2014 Iraq, Jordan

“The typhoon was a disaster, but this hospital is a blessing”

In the aftermath of the typhoon, Médecins Sans Frontières has set up an inflatable operating theatre in its tented hospital in Guiuan, which is the biggest medical structure in this heavily destroyed region in eastern Samar....

24/12/2013 Philippines

Occupied Minds: Children and home detention

Hussein and Ziad, 15 and 14 years old, live in Silwan, a conflict-ridden neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, adjacent to the Old City and the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque.


09/12/2013 Palestinian Territories

Jordan: Living in Homs is like attempting suicide!

Like thousands before him, Mahmoud Hammad crossed into Jordan to escape the raging conflict in his home country of Syria. Mahmoud is now the proud father of a baby boy, born in the new Médecins Sans Frontières maternity unit in...

21/11/2013 Jordan, Syria

Malaria Patient Story: Mirer Village, Am Timan district, Chad

Halima Ibrahim, a woman in her late forties, describes what happened to her 8-year-old daughter, Salimata Ali in Mirer Village, Am Timan district, Chad.

05/09/2013 Chad

Ending My Journey with XDR-TB

They lay there on a small saucer – five bright yellow capsules, a big white tablet and a brown capsule. And with one brave last gulp Phumeza Tisile, aged 23 years, put an end to her daily ritual of the last two years and...

30/08/2013 South Africa

“Living in a refugee camp is like having to die very slowly.”

Younes is a five-month-old baby from Dara’a, Syria. He arrived at Zaatari camp in February, 2013, with his mother, father and seven other siblings. Younes’ mother, Im Younis, brought her son to the Médecins Sans Frontières...

30/05/2013 Jordan, Syria
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