Kollie James in Foya is the 1000st Ebola survivor

Amidst all the loss and suffering, there are several stories of survival. Today, out of all the patients cared for in MSF’s projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, we celebrate the one thousandth survivor.

Silje contracted Ebola while working for MSF in Sierra Leone. She began to show symptoms on 4th October and was flown home to Norway. Today, she was discharged after recovering from the virus.

Salome Karwah is an Ebola survivor. After recovering from the virus she came back to work at the MSF treatment centre where she fought the disease. This is her story.

Kailahun Ebola Sierra Leone 2014

We take a look inside MSF's newest Ebola treatment centre in Bo, which just weeks after opening is already at full capacity. Three of the first patients to be discharged were siblings. Read their story.

The Ebola management centre in Conakry, Guinea, is currently seeing a massive spike in cases and despite the efforts of dedicated local and MSF staff, concerns exist over possibly having to turn patients away.

Marburg in Angola

A man in Uganda was diagnosed with Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a disease similar to Ebola, on 29th September. MSF is increasing its response to contain the infection.


This month we look at the response to the Ebola outbreak, the escape of our colleague in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the aftermath of the conflict in Gaza, and at the psychological and physical well being of refugees in Ethiopia and Uganda and those from Syria.

MSF has taken the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend medical activities at Gondama Referral Centre, near Bo, because of the strain the current response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has put on the organisation’s capacity in the country.


Since 4th October, bombing and shelling has intensified in the Erbin area near Damascus. The worst individual incident was the bombing of a market on 9th October which reported a mass-casualty influx of 250 wounded.

PK5 Muslim neighborhood of Bangui

The situation in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, has been extremely tense since a wave of violence broke out on 7th October.


Dr Bertrand Draguez is Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s medical director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

Iraq - 010-IDP fleeing violence in northern Iraq

Recent violence in Iraq has left an estimated 1.8 million people displaced and living in poor conditions affecting their health. MSF is reinforcing its activities to cope with new and increasing medical needs.

Mental Health Colombia

People continue to live in fear and pain in the Cauca mountains, southern Colombia, an area in the country with the most armed activity. MSF is providing much needed mental health support in the remote area.

MSF confirms that one of its international staff members in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola.

Ebola case management centre ELWA3 - Liberia

Cokie van der Velde, a sanitation specialist with MSF, describes a recent experience with a young patient orphaned from Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia.

MSF teams have begun distributing more than 50,000 family protection and home disinfection kits in Monrovia as part of the organisation’s Ebola response.

Migrant Route Augusta Italy 2014

PRESS RELEASE: One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as in Syria, protracted crises and chaos in Libya continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees to Europe.