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With almost 2,200 children, women, and men reported missing or dead in the Central Mediterranean this year, 2023 has already earned the unenviable record of being the deadliest year on this migration route since 2017. In its new report, No one came to our rescue (click the hyperlink to download),...
An appeal has been lodged at the competent court against the detention of the search and rescue ship Geo Barents. On 23 February, the Ancona coastguard notified Geo Barents of the 20-day detention and a fine of up to €10,000 for failing to provide the voyage data recorder to authorities on arrival...
A team from Médecins Sans Frontières is offering psychological support to the survivors of a shipwreck that killed at least 62 people, including 12 children, a few hundred meters from Steccato di Cutro, southern Italy, on 26 February. About 180 people, mostly from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan,...
We, civil organisations engaged in search and rescue (SAR) activities in the central Mediterranean Sea, express our gravest concerns regarding the latest attempt by a European government to obstruct assistance to people in distress at sea. A new law decree, signed by the Italian President on 2...
Twenty-six survivors of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea have received psychological first aid from a team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) after arriving in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on 12 September. The survivors, all Syrians and Afghans, left the coast of...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have carried out six separate rescue operations in three days on board the search and rescue ship Geo Barents and rescued 439 people from the Central Mediterranean Sea who had fled Libya in search of safety. After two requests for a place of safety to the...
A ship chartered by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been detained by Italian port authorities on administrative grounds, delaying its return to lifesaving search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean, the...

MSF medical teams have joined the fight against COVID-19 as the new coronavirus disease spreads to more than 200 countries.

Carlotta, a nurse with MSF for 10 years, speaks with a hospital staff in Codogno hospital in Lombardia region, Italy. Her priority is to protect the hospital staff from contracting coronavirus COVID-19. © Lisa Veran/MSF
One week ago Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started to support the COVID-19 pandemic response at Codogno hospital, where the first Italian case was detected, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Half of the 100 beds in this hospital are currently dedicated to...
Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Italy are providing support to Italian health authorities in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. MSF staff are based in four hospitals in the northern Italian province of Lodi, part of the Lombardy region, the epicentre of the outbreak in the...
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