Kenyan troops free aid workers held in Somalia

2014-04-11 14:43

Kenyan troops say they have freed two aid workers working with the charities MSF and CARE who were kidnapped by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels in 2011.

MSF issues attack on 'shameful' UN in S Sudan

2014-04-09 14:21

A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the UN mission in South Sudan, accusing it of a “shameful attitude” and leaving thousands of displaced living in squalor.

SA sends condolences to Guinea

2014-04-03 17:56

South Africa has sent condolences to those in Guinea affected by an Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak.

Guinea says has contained Ebola outbreak

2014-03-27 08:25

Guinea says it has stopped an outbreak of deadly Ebola fever from spreading beyond the country’s remote southeast, although the number of deaths from suspected infections has risen to at least 63.

Stop patent exploitation, urge activists

2014-03-13 17:13

Health activists have marched on the offices of the Department of Trade and Industry to demand the urgent implementation of patient-friendly legislation.

S Sudan: Patients shot dead in hospital beds

2014-02-26 12:45

Warring fighters in South Sudan have looted hospitals and murdered patients in their beds cutting life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people, MSF says.

Civilians flee threatened South Sudan town

2014-01-18 16:02

Civilians have again fled the flashpoint South Sudan town of Bor ahead of a looming new assault by government forces.

MSF says five staff detained in Syria

2014-01-03 20:27

Five staff members of the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres have been taken from their house in northern Syria and have been out of contact since then.

French army takes on CAR fighters

2013-12-06 17:02

French troops have killed several armed fighters in the Central African Republic as Paris rolled out a UN-backed operation to restore security.

Emotional trauma haunts Haiyan survivors

2013-11-25 13:58

Medical and trauma professionals have emphasised that there is a vital and desperate need for psychological intervention and trauma counselling for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Stop handing out patents - TAC

2013-10-18 05:00

Several activist groups have handed over a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry that could lead to affordable medicine.

Stop handing out patents – TAC

2013-10-17 12:20

Several activist groups have handed over a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry that could lead to affordable medicine.

Syria chemical weapons progress

2013-10-04 16:11

International inspectors are gearing up to disable the chemical weapons programme in war-hit Syria after reporting "encouraging" progress.

SA holds promise of cheaper medicine

2013-09-09 20:32

The country's draft intellectual property policy sets the stage for changes in the pharmaceutical sector and could lower the price of medicines, rights groups say.

90 000 missing in S Sudan last month

2013-08-21 16:03

MSF reports 90 000 people are still missing after ethnic violence last month in South Sudan.

MSF pulls out of Somalia amid security concerns

2013-08-14 14:20

MSF has closed all its operations in war-torn Somalia, warning of growing insecurity, after 22 years of working in the Horn of Africa trouble spot.

CAR may become 'new' Somalia

2013-07-30 20:06

The country outside the CAR capital is in the grip of rebel warlords causing many aid groups and UN agencies to pull out, leaving 4.5 million inhabitants to fend for themselves.

Measles outbreak hits northern Syria

2013-06-18 21:50

An epidemic of measles is sweeping through parts of northern Syria, with at least 7 000 people affected because vaccination programmes have been disrupted, Doctors Without Borders says.

S Sudan soldiers accused of looting

2013-05-12 21:55

South Sudanese soldiers have looted UN stores and charities in troubled Jonglei state where the government has been battling rebels for a year, humanitarian sources claim.

70 dead, 1 000s flee DRC fighting

2013-03-05 20:54

At least 70 people have been killed and thousands more have fled their homes after days of fighting between rebels and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nigeria frees funds to address lead poison

2013-02-01 11:31

Nigeria has provided nearly $3m in long-delayed financing to clean up part of an area where poisoning has killed hundreds of children, MSF says.

Surge of killings in S Sudan's Jonglei – MSF

2012-11-27 10:49

Women and children are increasingly targeted in a surge of violence in South Sudan's Jonglei state, riven by ethnic killings, a rebellion and an army crackdown, Doctors Without Borders say.

Ebola claims more lives in DRC

2012-09-27 18:46

An outbreak of Ebola fever in the DRC may have killed up to 33 people, while the number of suspected cases has risen, the health ministry says.

DRC: MSF warns of civilian casualties

2012-07-31 09:22

Rebel fighters have pushed to ring a regional capital in the DRC, as medical charity MSF says it has treated scores of wounded civilians and is sheltering hundreds.

HIV drugs need to be cheaper - MSF

2012-07-26 15:02

The high cost of HIV drugs is still hindering the global fight against Aids, the medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres says.


Ebola outbreak: Guineans in shock

2014-04-11 13:19

An Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 100 people in Guinea has left communities asking why the disease has attacked their country.

MSF worried over DRC hostages

2014-04-09 07:38

MSF says it is worried that intense fighting between the military and armed groups in eastern DRC could endanger its staff taken hostage there.

Guinea's Ebola victims wait for death

2014-04-01 17:33

Isolated from the outside world in a medical centre in Ebola-hit southern Guinea, victims of one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind wait listlessly for the merciful release of death.

Guinea Ebola outbreak may be deadly Zaire strain

2014-03-24 18:53

The health catastrophe in Guinea may possibly be caused by the Zaire Ebola virus strain thought to be 90% lethal.

France striving to stop CAR split – Hollande

2014-03-01 10:08

French President Francois Hollande has told CAR that his troops would work to stop the country splitting in two and endeavour to disarm rival fighters engaged in months of inter-religious killing.

Patients, medical workers flee S Sudan hospital

2014-01-31 21:06

Patients, medical workers have had to flee a hospital in the violence-prone Unity state in South Sudan.

Looting spree in S Sudan

2014-01-16 21:47

Wholesale looting of vehicles, equipment and supplies belonging to aid groups is crippling aid groups ability to help in South Sudan.

S Sudan ceasefire talks agreed, fighting rages

2013-12-31 18:39

South Sudan's government and rebels have agreed a ceasefire, mediators said, though there was no immediate sign of an end to ethnic fighting.

Somali refugees fear going home - MSF

2013-11-29 14:24

The vast majority of Somali refugees in Kenya fear returning to their war-torn country, Doctors Without Borders says.

Notorious CAR ex-rebels execute women, kids

2013-11-08 10:12

Al Jazeera says it has uncovered a site where 18 women and children were killed in the Central African town of Bouar by a notorious former rebel group Seleka, who are now ruling the west African country.

Stop handing out patents - TAC

2013-10-17 14:21

Several activist groups have handed over a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry that could lead to affordable medicine.

MSF denounces 'unprecedented' violence in CAR

2013-10-16 07:44

MSF has denounced the "unprecedented" violence in the Central African Republic, urging all sides to respect civilian safety and calling for urgent international aid.

CAR jails first group of ex-rebels

2013-09-12 22:09

A court in the Central African Republic has sentenced 17 Seleka fighters to eight years in prison for theft, rape and pillage, the first ex-rebels to be punished for a wave of violence.

Tough times for fragile Somalia govt

2013-08-23 10:09

Hopes that Somalia may soon turn the page on decades of anarchy have been dealt a string of blows, giving the internationally-backed government little to cheer as it marks its first birthday.

Polio outbreak in Somalia worsens

2013-08-16 11:05

Aid workers in war-torn Somalia are struggling to contain a dangerous outbreak of the crippling polio virus, with rampant insecurity hampering efforts, the UN says.

Red Cross relies on role-play in aid fight

2013-07-31 11:04

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) faces increasingly hostile environments and recent heavy losses have made Swiss simulation training a priority.

Kidnapped MSF workers freed after 2yrs

2013-07-18 19:53

Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost two years ago in Kenya and then held in Somalia have been freed, their employer Doctors Without Borders says.

MSF hospital ruined in South Sudan

2013-05-17 13:55

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.

Nigeria lead poisoning treatment starts

2013-04-23 17:39

MSF says it has begun treating children exposed to the worst-ever lead poisoning epidemic, after long-delayed government financing to clean up the area was finally delivered.

Syria refugees lack medical care

2013-02-07 21:22

More than half of the estimated 300 000 Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon are not receiving the medical treatment they need because of high costs, Doctors Without Borders says.

Mali: French widen bombing campaign

2013-01-14 16:31

French military forces have widened their bombing campaign against Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali, launching airstrikes for the first time in central Mali.

AI: Shocking abuses by S Sudan army

2012-10-03 18:43

South Sudan's security forces are shooting, torturing and raping civilians in the country's east, rights group Amnesty International says.

Ebola spread widely at funeral of victim

2012-08-02 19:02

The funeral of the girl who became Ebola's first victim was the catalyst for the spread of the disease.

Patents 'making ARVs unaffordable'

2012-07-27 14:42

Restrictive patents on new ARV drugs are hindering their use in developing countries such as South Africa, Doctors Without Borders says.

Africa 'loses out on Aids funding'

2012-07-19 22:28

An independent, global medical and humanitarian organisation says African nations are not receiving adequate international funding to fight HIV/Aids.

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