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10 Sep 2018 description

Survivors in need of care are held in arbitrary detention

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018—More than 100 people died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast in early September, and the remaining survivors—including people with severe burns, pregnant women and babies—are now held in arbitrary detention in Libya, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

An MSF team has provided medical care to survivors, who described their ordeal.

25 Jul 2018 description


In a complex and fast-changing world, we remain focused and resolute in pursuit of our goal – to provide the most appropriate, effective medicine in the harshest of environments. As well as responding to vital needs, our aid is born of a desire to show solidarity with people who are suffering, whether as a result of conflict, neglect or disease.

19 Sep 2016 description

Prospects have seldom felt this grim for many of the migrants living in the notorious Calais 'Jungle'. Yet another winter is on the horizon. The French government has vowed to shut the camp down once and for all. Yet another barrier, a wall, appears set to go up. And just this week, residents of the port city of Calais held demonstrations and set up roadblocks, demanding that the camp be razed.

23 Feb 2016 description


In 2015, the total number of arrivals by boat to Europe largely surpassed the 219,000 figure of 2014 numbers, with the UNHCR reporting that a total of 1,014,836 people reached Europe by boat in 2015. The largest number has come via Greece (856,723) then Italy (153,600) with smaller numbers arriving in Spain (2797) and Malta (105). According to the UNHCR - 84% came from refugee-producing countries, with 49% from Syria, 21% from Afghanistan and 9% from Iraq. 17% were women and 25% were children under the age of 18.

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

09 Oct 2013 description

Rome/London, 9 October 2013 – As a delegation of European and Italian leaders visit the Sicilian island of Lampedusa to honour all those who tragically lost their lives trying to reach the European coast, the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on members of the European Union to recognise the human cost of their repressive migration policies.

23 Aug 2013 description

Since the escalation of political violence in Egypt in late June, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team in Cairo has been in close and regular contact with the main public and private health care facilities throughout the city and in other affected areas of the country. The team has provided medical supplies and equipment to health facilities on both sides of the clashes.

08 Nov 2012 description

London, 8 November 2012 — A new clinic providing healthcare to mothers and children has been opened on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital by the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Since the clinic in the Abu Elian area opened its doors in mid-August, it has seen an average of 50 patients a day. Medical staff have carried out a total of 3,853 consultations, 2,861 of them for children.

25 Nov 2011 description

Hospitals and health facilities must be respected by all parties

November 24, 2011

Six days of unrest in Cairo and other Egyptian cities have left dozens of people dead and many more injured.

In Cairo, violent clashes have concentrated around Tahrir Square, where the situation remains tense. Egyptian volunteers are working in field hospitals to provide medical care to the wounded. The Ministry of Health is running mobile clinics and providing ambulances, and has mobilised nearby hospitals to treat casualties.

30 Jun 2011 description

BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 30 June 2011 – As fighting continues to force civilians out of Libya, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders) calls the countries engaged in this war for a stronger humanitarian response and more effective protection for the people who are fleeing the conflict.

19 May 2011 description

MSF criticises inconsistent European policies claiming to protect civilians by engaging in a war while closing its borders to them

London, 19 May 2011 – An open letter by Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders) addressed to the leaders of the states of the European Union involved in the war in Libya is being published today in 11 newspapers across Europe*.