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02 Apr 2017 description

Brazilian administrator Fabio Biolchini just returned from a year with the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) emergency team, responding to epidemics and other crises across the breadth of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here, he reflects on his experiences.

I’ve just come back from DRC, where I lived for one year on my fourth assignment with MSF, after working in Haiti, Turkey, and Central African Republic.

09 Feb 2017 description

Measles has reappeared in the remote and turbulent eastern province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently deployed emergency teams in the region, where the difficult terrain and presence of armed groups make access to healthcare a challenge.

23 Jan 2017 description

Interview with Gaudia Sironi, Field Coordinator.

Since last November, there has been an escalation in intercommunal violence in Tanganyika province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thousands of people have been displaced in this region, and the number of casualties continues to grow. Gaudia Sironi, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Field Coordinator, describes the situation in Manono, where MSF supports the overcrowded general hospital.

What's the current situation in Tanganyika province?

18 Jan 2017 description

More than 1,000 people were admitted to hospital in a remote area of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2015 after suffering toxic effects from "falsified" or wrongly labeled drugs, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in an article published in _The Lancet Global Health_ on January 17, 2017.

07 Dec 2016 description

Lulingu, South Kivu, in the turbulent east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a region of few roads and dense forests, whose 170,000 inhabitants are regularly forced to flee at the whim of armed groups.

16 Nov 2016 description
  • Rate of refugees arriving to Tanzania has increased by almost five times in last four months
  • Refugee camps full and another site still not identified
  • MSF urgently calls for aid to be scaled up, as risk of malaria, infection and food cuts increases
09 Nov 2016 description

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

Tanzania has been a consistent and generous host to millions of refugees over the years. The country has supported UNHCR and partners in all three durable solutions - from voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, resettlement to other countries willing to share the burden of displacement, to the unprecedented gift of citizenship for almost 200,000 former 1972 Burundian refugees. The test of time did not weaken the generosity; when the ongoing political tension in Burundi caused thousands of Burundians to flee to Tanzania.

05 Sep 2016 description

After ten years of working in Shamwana, in Tanganyika province in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, MSF handed over its activities to the Ministry of Health on 12 August 2016. MSF supported the Ministry of Health hospital in Shamwana as well as seven surrounding health centres. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, MSF provided primary and secondary health services, including the treatment of malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition, respiratory tract infections, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as surgical, reproductive and mental health services.

31 Aug 2016 description

Behind Shamwana hosptital in Tanganyika province, southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there is a small village. It has a newly constructed bamboo barrier, behind which lives a community that MSF helped to create, for a few weeks at least. Practically speaking, it cannot truly be called a village – but it is undoubtedly a community, though a small one of less than 80 people. Most are not locals of Shamwana, but have recently arrived from across the province.

26 Aug 2016 description

Interview with Florent Uzzeni, deputy head of MSF’s emergency unit in Geneva, Switzerland

26 August 2016

On 20 August, after four months of addressing a massive malaria outbreak, MSF concluded its medical activities in the Pawa and Boma-Mangbetu health zones in the Haut-Uélé province in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Florent Uzzeni, deputy head of MSF’s emergency unit in Geneva, explains this decision.

With MSF withdrawing from Haut-Uélé, does this mean that the malaria outbreak is over?

17 Aug 2016 description

London/Kinshasa, 17 August 2016 – Some 7.5 million people are to be vaccinated against yellow fever over the coming ten days in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a large-scale campaign by Congolese authorities and supported by international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The outbreak in DRC has seen 74 confirmed cases of yellow fever and 16 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The upcoming campaign will bring the number of people vaccinated against the disease in the country to 10.5 million.

16 Aug 2016 description

_Lubumbashi _– After ten years of working in the centre of ‘the Triangle’, the area between Mitwaba, Manono, and Pweto, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) is handing over its activities to the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Triangle, MSF supported the referral health centre of Shamwana and seven surrounding health centres.

16 Aug 2016 description

Brussels/Kinshasa, 16 August – MSF is mobilising considerable resources to support the Congolese authorities in their wide-scale campaign against yellow fever, where 10.5 million people will be vaccinated in the next ten days.