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Between humanitarian crises and medical emergencies: all the latest news

Early in the morning of 9 May, our team spotted two boats in distress carrying a total of 204 people. Among them was a nine-month-old boy, Mohammed, who was taken to safety on deck by MSF with his mother.

Mediterranean Sea

470 people rescued by Geo Barents within 72 hours; now they need a place of safe

Beginning on the morning of 9 May and over the following 72 hours, a team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) rescued 470 people from seven boats in distress in the Libyan and Maltese search and rescue zones and brought them on board Geo Barents, MSF’s rescue ship operating in the central Mediterranean Sea.
Le président international de MSF, le Dr Christos Christou, le Président de MSF Luxembourg, le Dr Guy Berchem et le Directeur Général M.Roger Martinez-Dolz,  ont visité la Cargolux avec Richard Forson, CEO de Cargolux

Cargolux supports MSF's intervention in Ukraine with a generous donation.

MSF Luxembourg is beyond thankful for the Cargolux Airlines donation to support our response to the Ukrainian conflict. Thanks to this support, our teams were able to deploy quickly to Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Couloir des gardes-frontières de l'État de Kybartai (SBG) Centre d'enregistrement des étrangers. ©Diala Ghassan/MSF


Prolonged detention of over 2,500 people in Lithuania must end now

More than 2,500 asylum seekers and migrants are still detained in inhumane conditions in Lithuania, nine months after they crossed the border from Belarus. The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is extremely concerned about the impact of prolonged detention on asylum seekers’ and migrants' mental health and calls on Lithuanian authorities to end arbitrary detention immediately.
MSF gère la distribution d'eau dans le village de Fenoiva. ©Lucille Guenier/MSF


Struggling for water across Madagascar’s Great South

Obtaining water for drinking, cooking and washing is an everyday struggle for people in Madagascar’s Great South. Periods of drought – extremely frequent in this semi-arid region – compounded by lack of development, adapted infrastructure and climate change make accessing safe water more and more of a challenge.
 Une équipe de MSF à l'entrée du village d'Enyenge dans le sud-ouest du Cameroun.  © Faith Toran/MSF


Four months on, an ongoing nightmare for MSF colleagues detained in SW Cameroon

Four months ago, Marguerite M. and Ashu D. plunged into a nightmare which continues. They are Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff; Marguerite a nurse and Ashu an ambulance driver, in the South-West region of Cameroon.
VAuction for the benefit of MSF Luxembourg. 24 April, 2022 © Thibault Peras

Art and humanitarianism meet in the first charity auction for the benefit of MSF

On 24 April, 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Luxembourg organised its first art auction to benefit its emergency medical action. The event took place in the premises of Bank Degroof Petercam Luxembourg with 41 artworks by 19 Luxembourg artists in the presence of MSF's international President, Dr Christos Christou.
Dr Christou, MSF International President, during the interview © MSF Luxembourg
Christos Chistou, Président International de Médecins Sans Frontières  ©MSF/Pierre-Yves Bernard
Christos Christou


"No victim of war should be left behind neither in Ukraine nor beyond"

Acknowledging the generosity of Luxembourgers in the face of the Ukrainian conflict, Dr Christou recalled "the importance of continuing to support not only this cause, but also the organisation's work in other conflicts, notably in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and even Iraq".
Elena, 35, and her son Kirill, 6, are examined by Kelly and Kirill in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on 11 April 2022.


In Kharkiv’s underground stations with MSF’s mobile clinics

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, has been severely affected by the Russian offensive. While many fled the city the conflict, those who stayed have taken refuge in underground stations to escape the incessant bombing. MSF teams offer primary healthcare consultations in several stations.
Les demandeurs d'asile continuent d'être repoussés illégalement aux frontières terrestres et maritimes de l'Europe. © MSF


EU double standard to assistance and protection

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, we have seen a positive response from European states and leaders, who have adopted a number of measures to ensure that people fleeing Ukraine are provided with border assistance, safe passage, access to health, school and work.
Civils fuyant Irpin. 9 mars 2022 © Jean-Pierre Amigo/MSF


Finding the most useful role – MSF’s response in and around Ukraine

“The severity, scale and speed of the war in Ukraine have created simply enormous needs and suffering,” says Dr Joanne Liu, an experienced paediatrician and member of MSF’s emergency response team who is just back from Ukraine.