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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.

18 Sep 2015 description

Since January 2015, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided medical care to over 500 people in the Ariwara region, in north-east Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They presented with mysterious symptoms including involuntary twitching. Tests have since shown that this was a dystonic syndrome caused by drug poisoning.

15 Sep 2015 description

15 September 2015

Travelling by jeep and motorbike, an MSF mobile medical team is making its way through a remote and insecure region of Democratic Republic of Congo to screen and treat people suffering from sleeping sickness.

In a small, dark clinic in the northeastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 24-year-old Germaine lies on a cot, unable to walk because she is so dizzy. She was bitten by a tsetse fly and MSF doctors have diagnosed her with sleeping sickness.

03 Sep 2015 description

For the past 18 months, 400 people (mostly Muslim traders and their families) have been living under self-imposed exile within their own city behind the high walls and locked gates of the Bishop’s compound in Berbérati, Central African Republic (CAR), to escape violence. But in recent weeks, they finally decided it was safe enough to return home.

01 Sep 2015 description

In June, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) raised the alarm about the measles epidemic that has been raging in Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since March. The situation has now deteriorated further and sufficient resources are lacking.

With more than 20,000 cases and 300 deaths officially reported in 2015, the measles outbreak in Katanga is the largest since 2011, when MSF immunised 2.1 million children against the disease.

03 Aug 2015 description

Since the beginning of the year, a measles epidemic has been ravaging Katanga Province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declared around 16,500 cases of measles and more than 267 deaths in the first six months of the year.

30 Jul 2015 description

Kigoma/Geneva – A cholera vaccination campaign to protect Burundian and Congolese refugees in the overflowing Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania has been completed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week. However, with people still living in very precarious conditions, there is a parallel urgent need to improve the sanitary situation in the camp.

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