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18 Jul 2016 description

While significant progress has been made in South Africa since the first Durban conference in 2000, deadly and unnecessary HIV trea­tment gaps persist in other countries

18 Jul 2016 description

Telemedicine helps to bridge the gap between remote areas and large hospitals

Friday, 9am – Daniel Martinez, one of the three coordinators of MSF’s telemedicine service receives an alert on his mobile: the organisation’s team in Shabunda, Democratic Republic of Congo, has a question about a paediatric case they are treating – a five-day-old baby that they suspect has tetanus.

12 Jul 2016 description

For a measles vaccination campaign to be successful, 95 percent of the people within the area need to be vaccinated in order to stop the spread of the disease. But how do you perform the campaign if you’re not sure how many people need vaccinating?

21 Jun 2016 description

A malaria surge in Haut-Uélé province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has seen 1,600 children admitted to hospital with severe malaria and more than 40,000 people treated for the disease in the past seven weeks by an emergency team from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), working alongside local staff in health facilities in the Pawa and Boma-Mangbetu areas.

01 Jun 2016 description

Following the outbreak of yellow fever in the DRC, linked to the one that hit neighbouring Angola in December, MSF conducted activities in the southwest of the country to stop the spread of the disease.

Entomologist Andre Yebakima was among MSF's team who carried out an initial assessment.

What is the entomologist's role in a yellow fever response?

18 May 2016 description

Isiro, DRC – An unusually severe outbreak of malaria has hit the health area of Pawa and neighbouring Boma Mangbetu. On Monday 9 May 2016, 141 children were admitted overnight to the Pawa general referral hospital in the Haut-Uele province in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There were two or three children to each of the 22 beds in the paediatric ward, with others on mats on the floor between the beds and in the corridors.

25 Apr 2016 description

In response to high levels of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri region, MSF has launched a project in Mambasa to provide the survivors with medical and psychological care and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

20 Apr 2016 description
  1. INTRODUCTION

La région englobe 25 pays, dont la plupart compte une population relativement faible. Leurs taux moyens de prévalence sont relativement faibles par rapport à l’Afrique australe. Cependant, la plupart de ces pays peinent à offrir un TAR à ceux qui en ont besoin - un échec qui se traduit par un taux excessif de mortalité et de morbidité, et qui limite leur capacité à freiner la propagation de la maladie.

20 Apr 2016 description

Brussels – Globally agreed goals to curb the HIV epidemic by 2020 will not be met unless the HIV response is drastically accelerated in West and Central Africa, where people living with HIV continue to suffer needlessly and die silently, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned in a new report released today.

10 Mar 2016 description

We meet Jeanine at her home, in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) near Goma, around 9 am. After the introductions, she tells us about her life, one that resembles that of many women in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. "I’ve had a difficult life and I’ve known poverty. My mother raised me and my siblings on her own. My husband abandoned me because I had too many children; I have felt the bitterness of life...”

24 Feb 2016 description

As the measles epidemic gradually fades in the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, malaria and malnutrition often form a deadly combination for children. In order to face this situation, MSF – in collaboration with the Congolese Ministry of Health – continues to support the Manono health zone for the management of severe acute malnutrition and pediatric emergencies and is opening a similar project in Kabalo.

20 Jan 2016 description

Goma/Amsterdam – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announces today the closure of its project in Mweso, Masisi territory, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, after armed actors attacked one of our convoys and abducted two of our staff members from 15-16 December 2016.

30 Nov 2015 description

HIV: Antiretroviral drugs fail to consistently reach patients in countries most affected by HIV/AIDS

Stock outs need to be urgently tackled to allow acceleration of the fight against HIV/AIDS

Johannesburg/Harare – MSF today warned that life-saving antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) are routinely not making their way to patients in sub-Saharan Africa - most often despite sufficient stocks already being present in countries - and called for urgent improvements in ARV supply chains in the region.

14 Nov 2015 description

November 12, 2015 ...

A deadly measles epidemic continues to spread through Katanga province, in southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with devastating effects on the very young. For the past two months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Marion Osterberger has been working in Ankoro hospital, which has become so overcrowded with patients that up to five children have had to share each bed.

Here, she describes the situation.