Beyond Borders

 September 2017 Issue
Strangers in their own countries
The loss of a house, livelihood and possessions is a narrative that has become distressingly familiar in recent years. Every day headlines tell us of the many millions who have left their country in search of safety, sanctuary and freedom.
 July 2017 Issue
The needs right now and in the future
Dr Khalid Elsheikh, Deputy Programme Manager for Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, and Dounia Dekhili, Programme Manager for Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, are both members of MSF’s operational cell based in United Arab Emirates, and it’s from there that they manage some of MSF’s activities in Syria.
 May 2017 Issue
Surviving war, and what comes after
I first noticed him as I looked through the broken windows at the gathering crowd. We were near the town of Baharka, north of Erbil, Kurdistan. It was afternoon, on the 10th of August 2014. He was about 12, thin and a little taller than his mates. Apart from the fact he was without shoes, he was dressed for the bright sky and 40°C heat.
 March 2017 Issue
Occupied minds: Helping to train psychologists in Nablus
I was based in Nablus for seven months. I treated patients, trained staff and supervised students from Al-Najah University – the first Palestinian university to teach clinical psychology.
 January 2017 Issue
Collective action, R&D and the urgent need for new antibiotics
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witnessing first-hand the emergence of antibiotic resistance in its recent humanitarian work in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine with war-wounded people and refugees.
 September 2013 Issue
MSF provides healthcare to Syrians crossing into Iraqi Kurdistan
Médecins Sans Frontières reports that Syrian refugees are crossing the border into Iraqi Kurdistan in huge numbers, with more than 42,300 passing through the Peshkabour border crossing in a single week since it reopened on 15 August.
 March 2013 Issue
Lebanon: Aid lags far behind as Syrian refugee numbers increase
Syrians who have fled violent conflict at home to seek safety in Lebanon do not receive anywhere near adequate levels of humanitarian assistance and are living in extremely precarious conditions, a detailed survey released by the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reveals.
 January 2013 Issue
Surgery in a cave - Treating the wounded in the Syrian civil war
British surgeon Paul McMaster recently returned from Syria, where he treated the wounded in an operating theatre set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a cave and then on a farm. Though McMaster has experience working in war zones, in Syria he found a “more oppressive type of danger”. He reflects on his experiences.
 September 2012 Issue
MSF assisting Syrian refugees, renews request to enter Syria
As the crisis in Syria intensifies daily, the humanitarian needs – both in Syria and in surrounding countries – are increasing significantly. Many people have been killed and wounded and tens of thousands have fled their homes, leaving behind everything they own.
 July 2012 Issue
Malnutrition in Chad escalates
Medecins Sans Frontieres is widening its health and nutrition programmes in Chad to respond to the growing malnutrition crisis in the country. 
 May 2012 Issue
Alarming scale of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis requires rapid response to avert emerging global crisis
Alarming new data suggest that the global scope of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is much more vast than previously estimated, requiring a concerted international effort to combat this deadlier form of the disease, the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced.  
 March 2012 Issue
MSF provides access to healthcare in south Yemen
In southern Yemen, where political tensions and clashes continue, MSF is continuously adapting its activities to ensure access to healthcare for wounded people and life-threatening cases.
 January 2012 Issue
Urban survivors Humanitarian challenges of a rising slum population
In 2009, humanity crossed a profound threshold. For the first time, more than half of the world’s population lived in cities rather than in rural areas. Many people made the move seeking greater economic opportunity, but rapid and sustained urbanisation has swelled existing slums, and spurred the creation of new ones in countries around the world
 November 2011 Issue
The ESC Congress 2011, Paris - Innovations in Cardiology
The team at Middle East Health never cease to be amazed by new technology and the speed at which it is developed. We attended the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Paris in August where this rapid progression in technology, specifically new cardiology related tech, was much in evidence.
 July 2011 Issue
MSF expands its support to war-torn Libya
Heavy fighting continues in Libya, with the eastern part being under control of the insurgency and pro-Gaddafi forces holding the West. Fighting is ongoing around Misrata in Western Libya, and the situation of civilians caught up in the conflict is becoming increasingly difficult.
 September 2010 Issue
Greece’s treatment of migrants, asylum seekers in the spotlight
Médecins Sans Frontières is urging the Greek authorities to carefully measure the impact of detention on the well-being of migrants and asylum seekers, to seek alternatives to the detention of new arrivals and to ensure that detained migrants and asylum seekers are treated in a humane and dignified manner. 
 May 2010 Issue

Beyond Borders - Sexual violence and migration
Sub-Saharan migrant women have endured various forms of sexual violence in their countries of origin and on their way to Europe.

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