Earthquake

Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunamis that devastated areas of northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, a chartered helicopter with two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams has landed in Miyagi prefecture. The team is travelling to the medical coordination centre in the worst-...
Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunamis that hit northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams of three-people are attempting to get to the worst-hit areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Access to the area by land is currently blocked by the...
MSF Issues Review of Emergency Response and Current Gaps in Medical Care, Shelter, Water and Sanitation, and Secondary Health Care Challenges. One year after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 222,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless, Haitians continue to endure appalling...
Why have at least 2,500 people died of cholera when there are about 12,000 NGOs in the country? The article was first published in The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” section By Dr. Unni Karunakara Haiti should be an unlikely backdrop for the latest failure of the humanitarian relief system. The...
Six months after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) publishes today a report describing the organisation’s largest ever emergency response. The report also describes the dire living conditions of Haitians today and...
For more than a month, Walson and his wife have been keeping watch at the bedside of their five year-old son, Walderson, at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Saint-Louis Hospital in Port-au- Prince. They take turns at the hospital while caring for their other three children. The family lives in...
Four months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, MSF's teams continue to adjust their activities to meet the changing, but still major, medical needs. The organization continues to provide primary and secondary care to the population at no cost, working out of approximately 20 sites and operating...
The three-person assessment team sent to the area affected by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated the town of Jiegu last Wednesday have finished the initial stage of their assessment. According to the latest figures by Chinese official media, the quake in the Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu...
The three-person Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) assessment team arrived in Yushu on Saturday evening and spent Sunday meeting officials and looking at medical needs. The team met with the local Public Health Bureau as well as Foreign Affairs officials who said that MSF assistance with the initial...
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