Medecins Sans Frontieres

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.

Humanity Must Take The High Road To Solve Real Issues

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

As a global collective grounded in humanity as a common value and fully aware that millions of people in humanitarian crises and conflicts worldwide are in need of solutions, now is the time to put differences aside and begin to address the suffering of millions of people affected by humanitarian crises -- particularly young girls.

Althia Raj

Canada Aid Could End Up Helping ISIS Fighters, Acknowledges Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"It is very important that we let these organizations work in a complete independent manner and not link it to our military action," said Marie-Claude Bibeau.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Adams

As much as 80 per cent of humanitarian aid can be stolen en route. Most often, rebel groups will set up road blocks and "tax" the aid agencies wishing to deliver the aid. In effect, the aid agencies directly support rebel groups by feeding them or providing them with goods that can be traded for arms or other services.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Ali's Had a Cough Since 2006

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Ali is 36 years old and has been coughing for a long time. He has been coughing since at least 2006. I was called because it was suspected that Ali had multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the Chadian Ministry of Health to aid patients like Ali.

The Kindness of Strangers: Helping Women With VVF in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Part of the experience of working with Doctors Without Borders is not just work but also taking a break. The work in the project site is seven days a week most of the time, but then after two months or so, we get a break in the capital city. I can't quite say my RnR was what I had intended.