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Haiti: The long road to recovery for earthquake survivors

More than a week after an earthquake destroyed his home and fractured the bones of his leg, two-year-old Widnika sleeps in a bed at MSF's Tabarre hospital in Port-au-Prince as his mother Widline sits with him. The 7.2 magnitude quake began at...

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Haiti: After the earthquake, a surgical team works nonstop

Xavier Kernizan is an orthopaedic surgeon who normally works at MSF's Tabarre hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since the 14 August earthquake, he has been working with an MSF surgical team in Jérémie, and describes what he’s seen.   What did you do the...

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Haiti: Death, destruction and thousands of injured people in wake of earthquake

On Saturday, August 14, at 8:30 am local time, the earth trembled in the southern peninsula of Haiti. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage to buildings, houses and main access roads in the three provinces of Grand'Anse, Nippes and Sud....

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Haiti: Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK/PARIS — As the world marks 10 years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reflects on our response to the disaster a decade ago and highlights the current deterioration of medical care in the country...

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Natural disasters

An earthquake, tsunami, flood or cyclone can have a devastating impact on entire communities.Within a matter of minutes, natural disasters can affect the lives of tens of thousands of people. Hundreds or even thousands of people can be injured, homes...

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Three months after two earthquakes, MSF reduces operations in Nepal

Three months after two earthquakes killed an estimated 8,500 people and injured another 20,000 in Nepal, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is reducing its operations. The international medical humanitarian organisation will nonetheless continue monitoring for disease outbreaks...

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Quake trauma: psychological first aid helps Nepalese rebuild their lives

In the first earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, people lost their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Despite the massive destruction, they had no choice but to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. But just...

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MSF helicopter crashes in Nepal

On Tuesday 2 June, a helicopter delivering humanitarian aid crashed in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal. MSF regrets to confirm the death of three of its staff members in this crash. The team were delivering much-needed medical and humanitarian assistance in Sindhupalchowk...

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“Reading about a disaster is very different from actually being in a disaster”

Name : Designation : DVL Padma Priya, MSF India's Press Officer, recently returned from Nepal. Here she recounts the experience of seeing MSF medical teams in action and the challenges of managing emergency communications.   On Saturday, 25 April, when...

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Nepal – Everyone is afraid

The MSF teams organised quickly to provide aid to the Nepalese population after the first earthquake. Ann Taylor, MSF head of mission, explains how the aid was deployed after a second quake struck the country. Is the situation returning to...

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Reaching people in remote Nepal

Dr Prince Mathew normally coordinates MSF’s projects in Bihar state in India, but was quickly deployed to Nepal following Saturday’s earthquake. I left Delhi with two other colleagues at 11am on Sunday, but because of a strong aftershock that resulted...

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Nepal earthquake emergency response

Previous updates from the field MSF currently has 61 staff on the ground in Nepal, who have started activities in Kathmandu and Gorkha. Our priority is to reach people who have not yet received any assistance. Update: 1 May 2015...

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