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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.

19 Dec 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 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.

18 Dec 2014 description

L’absence d’accès aux soins de santé est un problème de taille en République démocratique du Congo où il existe moins d’un lit d’hôpital pour 1000 habitants et à peine plus d’un médecin pour 10 000 habitants. Grâce à son réseau de motocyclistes, MSF vient en aide aux habitants des régions isolées de la RDC.

17 Dec 2014 description

Travelling from Minova to Numbi, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be the dream of many motorbike fans. More than two hours of slopes, slippery surfaces and obstacles of all kinds make the journey a test of skill that many local motorcyclists overcome with apparent ease and the serenity of those who face great difficulties every day. As a passenger on the back of the bike, an outsider can hardly admire the beautiful landscape as they worry about the difficulty of a route that requires the driver to perform acrobatic exercises.

21 Nov 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 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. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

20 Nov 2014 description

Les autorités sanitaires congolaises ont déclaré la fin de l’épidémie samedi 15 novembre. MSF a transmis le centre de traitement qu’elle gérait aux autorités mais se tient prête à intervenir si d’autres cas devaient se déclarer. Au cours des trois mois d’intervention, MSF a pris en charge 65 personnes et organisé le suivi d’un millier de personnes ayant été en contact avec des malades.

17 Nov 2014 description
  • After three months of intervention 65 people have been treated and over a thousand contacts of suspected cases have been tracked
  • Last confirmed case was on October 4th
  • While vigilance remains, MSF teams have started withdrawing and a treatment centre is delivered to local authorities

Boende (DRC) - The Ebola outbreak that started in August in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now under control as no new cases have been detected after the last confirmed infection on 4 October in the town of Boende.

28 Oct 2014 description

Le Dr Orsola Sironi n’avait jamais envisagé intégrer une équipe de traitement de l’Ebola. « J’avais dit à mes amis que jamais je n’accepterais un poste lié à cette maladie », confie-t-elle. Et pourtant, elle fait aujourd'hui partie du personnel mobilisé contre l’épidémie dans la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

06 Oct 2014 description

L’épidémie d’Ebola qui s'est déclarée au mois d'août dans la province de l’Equateur en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) n’est pas encore contenue. Plus de 60 personnels de Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continuent à y travailler dans des conditions très difficiles. En cause notamment, le peu de routes praticables dans la zone touchée, mais aussi le faible niveau d’information de la population à propos de la maladie et des risques encourus.