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20 Jul 2015 description

As large numbers of refugees fleeing unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded refugee camp of Nyarugusu “has reached breaking point”, according to Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With the influx of people, services are massively overstretched, and aid agencies are struggling to provide them with sufficient food, water, shelter and healthcare.

26 Jun 2015 description

Members of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency team in the province of South Kivu, in eastern DRC, have vaccinated children and young people aged between 6 months and 15 years after the authorities declared a measles epidemic in the region of Bunyakiri, where several confirmed cases of measles had been recorded.

22 Jun 2015 description

Some 115,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Tanzania will be vaccinated against cholera in a mass campaign carried out by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this month. A cholera outbreak was declared in mid-May when thousands of Burundian refugees fleeing political unrest streamed into the camp, almost doubling its size. According to official figures, 3,086 cases and 34 deaths have been reported in Tanzania to date.

18 Jun 2015 description

Since 1 April 2015, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in the isolated region of Boga, in the district of Ituri (Orientale Province), to improve the quality of care offered to the local population and displaced people. This project focuses principally on reproductive health and the medical and psychological treatment of victims of violence.

15 Jun 2015 description

Interview with Dr Louis Albert Massing, MSF’s medical coordinator in DRC

10 June 2015

The worst measles epidemic since 2011 continues to ravage the province of Katanga in the South of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after first striking in March this year. While vaccinations have made this disease very rare in Western countries, it remains fatal for unprotected populations, especially children.

Dr Louis Albert Massing, MSF’s medical coordinator in DRC, gives us an update.

Tell us about this epidemic

10 Jun 2015 description

Depuis mars dernier, une épidémie de rougeole, la plus grave depuis 2011, sévit au Katanga, dans le sud de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Si, grâce à la vaccination, cette maladie a quasiment disparu dans les pays occidentaux, elle reste mortelle pour des populations non-protégées, et notamment pour les enfants. Le point en trois questions au Dr Louis Albert Massing, coordinateur médical de MSF en RDC.

Peux-tu nous décrire cette épidémie ?

02 Jun 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS 2015

· Bien que la violence ait reculé dans certaines régions de la RCA, en 2015, la situation sécuritaire reste volatile et les groupes armés toujours actifs. Il y a plus de 450 000 réfugiés centrafricains au Cameroun, en République démocratique du Congo, au Congo et au Tchad ; dans le même temps, le nombre de déplacés dans le pays est estimé à 436 000 personnes.

02 Jun 2015 description

2015 HIGHLIGHTS

· Although violence has now subsided in some parts of CAR, the security situation in 2015 remains volatile, and armed groups are still active. There are more than 450,000 Central African refugees in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo and Chad, while an estimated of 436,000 persons are internally displaced.

19 May 2015 description

C’est l’histoire d’une lutte. L’histoire de deux femmes, Elise et Philomène, l’une adolescente, l’autre mère de famille, toutes deux séropositives. Dans cette lutte que Philomène et Elise ont chacune à leur manière menée contre la maladie, c’est le dépistage et le traitement qui ont fait toute la différence.

15 May 2015 description

Bukavu, DRC – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the region of Shabunda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have provided medical care for 127 women who reported being sexually abused after an attack by dozens of armed men in the town of Kikamba (South Kivu province).

05 May 2015 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun medical activities in Bikenge, an isolated mining town in Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For the first few months, as they bring in supplies, the MSF teams are offering free healthcare to pregnant women, children under 15, surgical emergencies and victims of sexual violence. Once the necessary supplies have arrived, free health services will be extended to all. Since activities began on 23 March 2015, the team has carried out more than 2,150 consultations, 21 emergency surgeries and assisted at nearly 100 births.

24 Apr 2015 description

By Nines Lima, MSF’s advisor on tropical medicine

Since 2000, malaria deaths have fallen by 47% globally, and by 54% in the African region, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The use of rapid diagnostic tests and treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have played a key role in this great progress. However, malaria still kills in Africa, where 90% of global malaria deaths occur, killing more than 430,000 children a year.

24 Apr 2015 description

From late November 2014 to early February 2015, Dr. Brice Daverton worked with MSF in the general hospital of Rutshuru in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr Daverton explained how our medical teams treat children, the principal victims of an unprecedented malaria epidemic

“There were children everywhere, often three to a bed. We had an average of two hundred inpatients at any given time, mostly really little children not even five years old. Some were brothers and sisters.

23 Apr 2015 description

De fin novembre 2014 à début février 2014, le Dr Brice Daverton a travaillé avec MSF à l’hôpital général de référence de Rutshuru, dans la province du Nord-Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il revient sur le pic de paludisme sans précédent dont il a été témoin, ainsi que sur ce que nos équipes médicales ont entrepris pour soigner les enfants, premières victimes de cette pathologie.

23 Apr 2015 description

Le 26 avril 2014, 19 Centrafricains, dont trois membres du personnel de MSF, ont été tués au cours d’un vol à main armée commis dans l’enceinte de l’hôpital MSF à Boguila dans le nord de la République centrafricaine (RCA). Un an plus tard, MSF continue de répondre aux besoins médicaux de la population de cette région où l’insécurité et la violence persistent et où aucune autre offre de soins médicaux n’existe.

22 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg – A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF) has been responding to the health needs of displaced people for nearly a week now since violent xenophobic attacks in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province. The team provides basic medical care following needs assessments at three displacement camps, housing more than 5,000 people around the coastal city of Durban. A second team will soon conduct similar assessments in the Ekurhuleni region near Johannesburg.

14 Apr 2015 description

Barcelona / Kouango (CAR) – At the end of 2014, thousands of people living in Kouango area, in southern Central African Republic (CAR), started to cross the Ubangi River looking for safety in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after months of armed clashes in the area between rival militias. More than 20,000 locals fled to DRC and thousands more went to the nearby towns of Bambari and Grimari, north of Kouango. They were all looking for protection after the incessant robberies, killings and burnt houses.

27 Feb 2015 description

Since December 2014, an estimated 20,000 Central Africans have fled over the Ubangi River to into the Bili and Bosobolo health zones in Equateur Province, northern DRC, adding to 10,000 refugees already present in the area. The refugees have arrived with very few possessions, if any, and are heavily dependent on the local community. Available supplies of food and drinking water must be divided among an increasingly large population and the threat of malnutrition and water-borne illness looms.

13 Jan 2015 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed more than 8,200 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

24 Dec 2014 description

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 21,000 women died last year due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Literally, one thousand times more than in Spain.