- Tunisia: Forest Fires - Aug 2017
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Tunisia: Flash Floods - Sep 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Tunisia: Flash Floods - Oct 2007
- North Africa: Floods - Apr 2007
- Locusts - Aug 2004
- Tunisia: Floods - Jan 2003
- Tunisia: Floods - Jan 1990
- Tunisia: Floods - Oct 1986
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently providing medical and mental health care to migrants and refugees in Tunisia—in Sfax and Zarzis. Many of these patients arrive after a perilous journey through Libya, where migrants are often kidnapped, tortured, and held for ransom. In Sfax, MSF mainly sees patients from sub-Saharan Africa, among them undocumented migrants, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people.
Since 1 January 2016, 200,000 people have arrived on European shores by sea. The great part of them arrived through the Aegean Sea before the closure of the so called Balkan road and around 50,000 arrived in Italy through the dangerous Central Mediterranean route. At least 50,000 are stuck in Greece after the closure of the Balkan route, with the extremely dangerous Central Mediterranean becoming one of the few remaining opportunities to reach Europe for thousands of people.
Every year, thousands of people fleeing violence, insecurity, and persecution at home attempt a treacherous journey via North Africa and across the Mediterranean to reach Europe. And every year, countless lives are lost on these journeys.
In 2015, European policies led to a dramatic worsening of the refugee crisis
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.
For years, Tunisian fishermen have been encountering migrant boats in distress, and saving lives by bringing people onto their fishing boats.
On 30 August, fishermen rescued 130 people from a boat and brought them to the town of Zarzis where they received medical support from an MSF team.
In order to increase their capacity to carry out rescues at sea, MSF recently carried out a six-day training with 116 local fishermen in Zarzis.
Thursday 3 September, 2015 – The MSF boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with MOAS, yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on 2 May. In six separate rescue operations, the three search and rescue vessels brought on board people primarily from Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia, many of them women (547) and children (199), including many toddlers and babies.
MSF calls on GSK and Pfizer to slash pneumo vaccine price to $5 per child for poor countries ahead of donor meeting
New MSF report reveals countries struggle with skyrocketing vaccine prices amidst market shrouded in secrecy
London, 20 January 2015—Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today called on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumococcal vaccine to US$5 per child in developing countries, ahead of a major vaccination donor conference in Berlin.
MSF Refugees 2011
December 8, 2011
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.
In an open letter on May 19, MSF alerted the leaders of the European states involved in the war in Libya to the dire situation faced by migrants fleeing the conflict towards Europe, and criticised inconsistent European migration policies.
Ben Gardane/Geneva – As violence escalates in a refugee camp on the Tunisia-Libya border, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is alarmed about the situation of refugees stranded in temporary camps and exposed to violence.
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*.
Rome/Brussels - Once again, the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on Italian authorities to drastically improve reception conditions for new arrivals, particularly for the most vulnerable - women, children, unaccompanied minors and victims of violence.
“What we have seen is that these people live in extremely difficult conditions, lacking proper shelter and food. They are desperate to go back to their home countries,” said Dr. Morten Rostrup, an MSF doctor who was on the boat.
ZARZIS/GENEVA - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) evacuated 99 people, including 64 war-wounded and 35 accompanying persons, by boat on Friday 15 April from Misrata to Zarzis, Tunisia. This operation took place two weeks after a first boat evacuation of 71 war-wounded people by the international medical organisation.
MSF calls on Italian authorities to improve reception conditions for migrants.
Rome - According to the independent international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), hygiene and sanitary conditions in the migrant reception centres on the island of Lampedusa are intolerable. Proper assistance needs to be provided.
At the present time in the port on the island of Lampedusa, 3,000 migrants are forced to share 16 chemical toilets. There are just two water tanks available, from which authorities offer each migrant 1.5 litres of water per day.
"Volunteer medical doctors are treating the wounded in private locations," said Rosa Crestani, MSF emergency coordinator. "But they are appealing to us for drugs-including pain medication-and surgical equipment to ensure treatment of the injured. For the moment, this is impossible."
The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is demanding that parties involved in the conflict in Libya grant it access to violence-affected areas, including the dispatch of humanitarian supplies.