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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.

12 Aug 2016 description

In Zémio, in the far southeast of the Central African Republic, MSF has partnered with the local Ministry of Health to support a 30-bed health centre with inpatient, outpatient, maternity, laboratory, and HIV/TB services, as well as run an outreach programme. The project started in 2010 in response to a large influx of Congolese refugees and internally displaced people who were forced out of their homes due to repeated violent attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

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?