Doctors Without Borders

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.

Syrians Asked Me Why We've Abandoned Them, I Didn't Know What to Say

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Imagine four-million people uprooted by war and struggling to survive. I came away in awe of the perseverance, dignity and fortitude of the Syrian people. They were also wondering why the international community for the most part seems to have abandoned them in their hour of need. It was a fairly straightforward question, the answer to which I am still struggling to find.

I Visited a Syrian Refugee Camp, and This Is What I Saw

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Adel was in Homs during the heavy shelling which obliterated the Syrian city's Baba Amr district. He had been studying English at the university and had stayed on to do his military service. Running out of options and funds, he then made his way to the border and crossed into Iraq, becoming a refugee. For the past eight months, Adel has been working tirelessly as an interpreter.

Lebanon's Welcome Mat for Syrian Refugees Is Now Frayed at the Edges

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

As Lebanon is drawn into its neighbour's conflict, sectarian tensions mount and the cost of hosting more than 700,000 refugees takes its toll. The welcome mat so graciously rolled out by the Lebanese for Syrian refugees is now becoming frayed at the edges.

Why Don't Wars Get the Same Empathy as Natural Disasters?

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

No sooner had Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever recorded, swept across the Philippines than everyday acts of courage and humanity surged forth in response to its aftermath. With Typhoon Haiyan we have together risen to the occasion. But in Syria, we as an international community are failing the civilian population.

The Next Nobel Peace Prize Should Go to a Dog

Robert Waite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

The next Nobel Peace Prize should not go to a human, or a human organization, but to man (and woman's) best friend -- the dog. Don't laugh -- I'm serious about this. Our canine companions have been protecting and befriending us for 10,000 years or more.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out

CP | Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada

NAIROBI, Kenya - The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday it is pulling out Somalia after 22 years of work there because of attacks on its...

Why Doctors Without Borders Is Upset With Canada

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada is pushing back against a campaign by activists trying to block what they say are onerous intellectual property rules that would raise...

HIV Drug Patents Are Pricing Out The Poor

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Living

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that rising intellectual property rights are blocking the generic production of newer ...

Marriage Proposal From Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

I thought about the last few months. Fatigue, exhaustion, satisfaction, and relief. I felt happy just to have survived. It had been hard on my girlfriend Maeve and me -- but we grew stronger apart in some ways too. She was alone at home with her dog Daisy when I called from my tukul one night and asked her to marry me.

The Ins and Outs of a Doctor Without Borders in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The dry hot season is going out and the cooler rainy season is coming in. Heavy showers have begun to fall and it is a relief for everyone. Starvation will hopefully ease. Yes, death is around us; but moreso, we are surrounded by life and survival. Day-in and day-out, this is the reality of our work here in eastern Chad.