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18 Oct 2017 description

Dear Friends,

This February, I had the privilege to visit a new MSF pediatric program in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge. The project, in the city of Zahle, occupies an entire floor of a government hospital that houses pediatric inpatients and provides general and intensive care for children.

The families served are primarily Syrian refugees. Many are marginalized and cut off from health care. Children, naturally, are the most vulnerable among them.

17 Oct 2017 description

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The deployment of a GIS specialist for the 2016 yellow fever vaccination campaign in Kinshasa had a direct, positive impact on the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) programme staff.

07 Oct 2017 description

A la Primature, le Premier Ministre, M. Bruno Tshibala a reçu en audience vendredi 06 octobre 2017 la délégation conjointe comprenant le Représentant de l’OMS en RDC, le Représentant du Fonds mondial, le Représentant de l’ONUSIDA et d’autres partenaires: CDC, MSF, PEPFAR, Partenariat STOP TUB, UNICEF, USAID. Il s’est félicité de ce partenariat solide et de la mobilisation annoncée d’importantes ressources auprès du Fonds mondial et du PEPFAR pour la période triennale 2018-2020 en matière de lutte contre les deux maladies susmentionnées.

03 Oct 2017 description

Renewed violence in Central African Republic (CAR) has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, either to be displaced elsewhere within CAR, or to seek refuge in Democratic Republic of Congo. MSF is responding to the crisis and is providing medical assistance in several areas throughout CAR.

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03 Oct 2017 description

Ending Cholera—A Global Roadmap to 2030 operationalises the new global strategy for cholera control at the country level and provides a concrete path toward a world in which cholera is no longer a threat to public health. By implementing the strategy between now and 2030, the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) partners will support countries to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent. With the commitment of cholera-affected countries, technical partners, and donors, as many as 20 countries could eliminate disease transmission by 2030.

26 Sep 2017 description

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — Since the cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 9 September, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated 17,000 people after setting up around 30 units and treatment centres. The outbreak has already spread across 20 provinces, representing one of the largest cholera outbreaks seen in DRC, and has not yet been brought under control. MSF is urging for increased prevention and awareness-raising activities, and for more organisations to respond in tackling the epidemic.

12 Sep 2017 description

12 September 2017

Recent attacks on Zemio, in southeast Central African Republic, have closed down the hospital and forced the city’s population, including MSF staff members, to flee. MSF medical coordinator Wil van Roekel describes the ramifications of the violence, including on some 1,600 HIV patients who need daily medication to survive.

What is the situation in Zemio now?

30 Aug 2017 description

August 29, 2017

cholera epidemic is surging through South Kivu in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with more than 1,200 patients treated by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) _since late July. The region’s poorly equipped health centers are overwhelmed and there is a high risk that the situation will spiral out of control._

24 Aug 2017 description

August 21, 2017

Three-year-old Rachel sways gently on her mother’s lap and stares blankly at the women trickling into a health center in Kalonge, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rachel is suffering from malnutrition, and, with wrinkled skin and sagging eyes, is much too small for her age.

18 Aug 2017 description

Tanganyika province in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been plagued by intercommunal violence for over a year now.

16 Aug 2017 description

MSF international president Joanne Liu has recently returned from a visit to Kananga city, in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo. She shares her impressions of the ongoing crisis there.

During my recent visit to Kasai I went with our teams to a rural part of the region that has been particularly affected by violence. Villages and fields have been burned, and several mass graves have been discovered. A man approached us and said very simply, “The violence here was so terrible that we didn’t hear the birds sing for days.”

28 Jul 2017 description

As measles sweeps across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more than one million children have been vaccinated against the disease in a nine-month campaign by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), supporting the Ministry of Health. Since November 2016, MSF teams have also treated more than 41,000 children for the disease in Maniema, Lomami, Tanganyika, Ituri, South Kivu, and Equateur provinces.

25 Jul 2017 description

Global attention is needed to prevent and treat AIDS in antiretroviral era, with 50 per cent of hospital admissions in MSF hospitals already on treatment and showing signs of clinical failure. Paris – An unacceptably high number of people continue to develop and die of AIDS-related diseases across sub-Saharan Africa. They remain left out of the global HIV response without access to treatment that prevents AIDS or the medical care they need, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

12 Jul 2017 description

On 11 July 2013, four members of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team conducting an exploratory mission to assess medical needs in Kamango in North Kivu province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were abducted during an attack on the village by the armed group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

08 Jul 2017 description

In less than a year, the greater Kasai region in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has transformed from a peaceful area in a troubled country to the epicenter of one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. A spark in August 2016—the killing of a local chief by Congolese armed forces—quickly escalated, causing generalized unrest across an area as large as Italy.

05 Jul 2017 description

New Report Reveals Governments are Failing to Prioritize Tuberculosis, the World's Deadliest Infectious Disease

04 Jul 2017 description

African heads of state meet today in Addis Ababa to endorse the emergency catch-up plan led by UNAIDS to accelerate HIV treatment in West and Central Africa.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reiterates its call for a clear roadmap and strong political commitment from affected governments and all international stakeholders, towards removing longstanding barriers and implementing proven simplified strategies that will boost lifesaving treatment for 4.7 million living with HIV not yet accessing antiretroviral therapy (ARV).

28 Jun 2017 description

Four people died in the most recent Ebola outbreak that occurred in a remote, forested area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This small outbreak (five laboratory-confirmed and three probable cases) was quickly curtailed. Below are five lessons Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) learned from the first Ebola outbreak since the end of the epidemic that devastated West Africa in 2014 and 2015.

#1. Train Frontline Health Workers