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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

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.

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.