Doctors Without Borders

Fighting The World's Deadliest Diseases Requires More Than Just Money

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

Dollars are desperately needed to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, but they will not stretch very far if the international trade barriers that currently restrict access to essential medicines continue to prevent low-income people and countries from getting the treatments they need.

49,000 Kids Dying Of Malnutrition Linked To Boko Haram

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada

Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state.

We Must Uphold Promises To Global Refugee Community

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The current global migration crisis has been exacerbated by governments shirking their obligations to protect people during their most vulnerable moments. States are increasingly disregarding their responsibilities to uphold the rights of migrants and refugees, and are failing to treat them with humanity and dignity.

Defence, Development Ministers Talk ISIS Mission With Aid Agencies

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals' recently refocused the ISIS mission to place greater emphasis on humanitarian and development support.

The Response To Syria's Refugee Crisis Gives Us Hope For 2016

Stephen Cornish | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Business
Stephen Cornish

Despite there being no shortage of reasons for despair, we must start this new year with hope. There is no doubt that the situation in Syria is dire. But just as with Ebola, we can mitigate the dreadful human toll if we retain our instincts for empathy, and remain steadfast in our defence of fundamental humanitarian principles.

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

Doctors Without Borders Leaves Afghan City After Deadly Airstrike

CP | Lynne O'Donnell, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada

Investigations are continuing into the bombing of the hospital on Saturday, which killed at least 19 people, including 12 MSF staffers.

Canada Must Lead By Example In Global Refugee Crisis

Stephen Cornish | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

People don't abandon their homes out of choice, and they are not unaware of the risks they will face along their journeys. It is out of desperation that they flee war and torture, misery, poverty and persecution. Doctors Without Borders delivers humanitarian medical care and sees first-hand the suffering and horrible conditions that drive people to risk their lives for the chance of a better future.

Migrants Risking Their Lives Need Your Help, Not Just Your Sympathy

Stephen Cornish | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Thousands are dying at sea, in detention and on the way to what they hope are better lives. They deserve more than our empathy, understanding and compassion. They also deserve -- and need -- a helping hand.

The Fight Against Ebola is More Hopeful Than Ever, But it's Not Over

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

I am in Sierra Leone to visit some of the Ebola treatment centres run by Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in response to the West African epidemic that began just over one year ago. That the Prince of Wales centre in Freetown, and other Ebola centres are closing is a sign case numbers have plummeted from the historic highs seen in the outbreak.

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Small Glimpses of Humanity In a Year of Large and Daunting Crises

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The number of major crises taking place around the globe this past year has been unparalleled in recent history. In fact, 2014 often seemed filled with intractable emergencies that were simply too big, too complex and too daunting to fathom, let alone solve. This felt particularly true when it came to humanitarian action.

For People in Bentiu, South Sudan's Conflict Zone Seems Like a Better Option

Stephen Cornish | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish is writing from South Sudan, where he is witnessing first-hand the humanitarian crisis currently affecting the world's yo...

South Sudan: What Life In a Humanitarian Prison is Like

Stephen Cornish | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish is writing from South Sudan, where he is witnessing first-hand the humanitarian crisis currently affecting the world's yo...

South Sudan's Protection Camps Are in Crisis

Stephen Cornish | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Tents seem to sprout from flooded ditches that meander in serpentine fashion through the haphazard settlements. Even in daylight, wading through the camp is a challenge, with gumboots sinking constantly into a quicksand of sewage and muck. It is no wonder that at night many relieve themselves directly in the ditches rather than venture out.

In Malakal, South Sudan's Abysmal Tragedy Cannot Be Ignored

Stephen Cornish | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The former residents of this place -- whether of Shilluk, Dinka or Nuer ethnicity -- all suffered at the hands of the fighters who have been waging an indiscriminate and vicious tug-of-war over Malakal. Those who are currently sheltered where aid has reached, in the POC sites and displacement camps, are the fortunate ones.

South Sudan Has a Choice... Between Horror and Misery

Stephen Cornish | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Business
Stephen Cornish

Overcrowded, disease-infested and sometimes flooded by sewage, the POC sites are failing to truly protect the civilians in their care. A true commitment to protection must include safeguarding vulnerable people against hunger, disease, sexual violence, unnecessary mental anguish and being forced back out into conflict zones merely to survive.

Agonizing Death Is The Norm

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada

LONDON - Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy c...

Was South Sudan a Preventable Crisis?

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The actors who built South Sudan knew what they were creating: a country barely emerged from decades of devastating conflict, led by a generation with no access to education or any kind of functioning infrastructure; a completely impoverished petro-state, entirely dependent on oil resources but with no capacity to develop them on its own; and a nation deeply split by ethnic divisions.

How to Save Women and Children

Stephen Cornish | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

To support children as they grow into adulthood, it's essential that we make lifesaving vaccines affordable for families in poor and middle-income countries the world over. Only then will the world's generosity truly be in line with its objectives.

This Secret Trade Deal Contains Threats to Public Health

Stephen Cornish | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Business
Stephen Cornish

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is being negotiated in secret, but leaked documents from the negotiations have revealed that the United States is pushing hard for strict intellectual property rules that would protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies at the expense of patients. These rules would extend patent monopolies and delay the introduction of cheaper generic drugs, allowing the big brand-name drug companies to maintain their high prices for longer periods of time. This would put lifesaving medicines out of reach for millions of poor people around the world. It could also lead to higher drug prices here at home.

We Are Failing the People of the Central African Republic

Stephen Cornish | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

With one-million people displaced -- a quarter of CAR's population -- the need for massive humanitarian assistance is obvious. Yet the response has been totally inadequate. While things appear bleak, there is still time. We can't lose hope and abandon the people of CAR, nor lose our empathy and desire to accompany both sides in their hour of need.

What I'll Always Remember From My Cycling Trip Through India

Helen Upperton | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Helen Upperton

Early last month I was on an airplane to Mumbai. As the plane descended, I tried to imagine 20-million people living in a single city. As an Olympian, I'd been to a lot of places in the world, but never anywhere like India. I'd also never travelled the way I was about to: over 230 km by bicycle from Bangalore to Vellore, in three Indian states over rough, dusty roads.

Central African Republic Is Suffering, and the World Looks the Other Way

Stephen Cornish | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

A squalid shanty town has sprung up in Central African Republic's capital, home to scared inhabitants seeking shelter and safety from the violence that has engulfed the city since December 2013. What is the cause of all this suffering? It's complicated. Much of the world has chosen to look the other way. There is little sign of other aid actors in CAR and the UN is perennially understaffed.

Doctors Without Borders Canada's Three Conflicts to Watch in 2014

Stephen Cornish | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Our organization works mainly in conflict-affected and unstable settings. Of these, we have chosen three to watch in 2014. In each country, governments are unable or unwilling to care for their populations, the ability of aid actors to respond has been curtailed, and populations are left to fend for themselves.