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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.

06 Oct 2017 description

6 October 2017

During the annual peak of malnutrition and malaria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) increases its teams in the Zinder, Tahoua and Maradi regions, in southern Niger. This year we are employing more than 1,430 people in health structures and villages to prevent, detect and treat the diseases that affect children under five. The focus is on prevention, and strategies to treat children as quickly, and as close to their communities, as possible.

27 Sep 2017 description

Le mois de juin a marqué le premier anniversaire de la prise en charge chirurgicale d’urgence à l’Hôpital Régional de Maroua, en appui au Ministère de la santé publique (MINSANTE). En effet, c’est en juin 2015 que nous avons lancé nos activités chirurgicales et depuis, elles n’ont cessé d’aller en s’améliorant, bien que plusieurs défis restent d’actualité.

19 Sep 2017 description

19 September 2017

As new cases of cholera emerge from Monguno, Dikwa and other parts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to scale up its response. The Borno state Ministry of Health has reported 2,627 cholera cases, with 48 deaths, since the start of the outbreak. Maiduguri alone has witnessed 1,425 cases, while 600 and 602 cases have so far been reported in Dikwa and Monguno respectively.

01 Sep 2017 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its ongoing efforts to prevent further deaths and the spread of cholera in Maiduguri, Nigeria. MSF is working in coordination with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other organisations that are responding to the outbreak in the city.

29 Aug 2017 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently providing medical and mental health care to migrants and refugees in Tunisia—in Sfax and Zarzis. Many of these patients arrive after a perilous journey through Libya, where migrants are often kidnapped, tortured, and held for ransom. In Sfax, MSF mainly sees patients from sub-Saharan Africa, among them undocumented migrants, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people.

23 Aug 2017 description

In northeast Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Armed Forces. Some have lived in temporary homes for years while others have been continually on the move. Each of them recounts a life of hardship while searching for a glimmer of hope. These are stories from people settled in the towns of Banisheikh and Pulka, in Borno State.

11 Aug 2017 description

Hundreds of people in a camp in northeastern Nigeria have been infected with hepatitis E after the disease spread from neighbouring Niger. The highly contagious disease has spread quickly through Ngala camp due to a combination of poor living conditions and flooding.

10 Aug 2017 description

A huge population dependent on assistance

Increasing provision of aid and the end of the harvest have brought some relief to the humanitarian situation in more accessible areas of Borno state, Nigeria but the emergency is not over. Hundreds of thousands of people remain almost entirely dependent on aid for their survival.

21 Jul 2017 description

Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are scaling up assistance in anticipation of increasing humanitarian and medical needs in hard-to-reach areas of Borno state, Nigeria.

07 Jul 2017 description

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian armed forces in the northeast of the country. Some of them have already lived for years in temporary homes. Others are on the move from one place to another. All of them recount a life full of hardships in search of a glimmer of hope. These are some of their stories in the towns of Pulka and Banisheikh, Borno state, Nigeria.

30 Jun 2017 description

After a third robbery of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Kidal, Mali on the night of 26 June and an attempted break-in of MSF’s warehouse on Saturday 24 June, the organisation has suspended all its activities in the region. In Kidal, MSF has assisted people living in and around the town, by supporting several health centres with medicine and staff, undertaking mobile clinics in remote areas and supporting a referral system for severe cases.

27 Jun 2017 description

La présence de MSF dans le camp de Minawao en chiffres :

Santé (mars 2015 – mai 2017)

  • 1928 enfants malnutris admis et suivis dans le programme CNAS
  • 33 588 consultations médicales réalisées pour les patients de moins de 5 ans
  • 77 039 consultations médicales réalisées pour les patients de plus de 5 ans
  • 3241 consultations en santé mentale

Eau et assainissement (février 2015 – août 2016)

20 Jun 2017 description

Response to the outbreak has lagged due to insufficient resources and coordination between humanitarian actors.

The hepatitis E outbreak declared two months ago in southeastern Niger is particularly affecting pregnant women. Of the 186 women admitted to the main maternal and paediatric health centre in the town of Diffa, 34 have died of severe complications related to the disease. According to the authorities, of the 876 cases of hepatitis E reported by 11 June, the majority of the sick are displaced people (nearly 248,000), and refugees.

30 May 2017 description

For yet another year, Nigeria and Niger are facing severe outbreaks of meningitis C. Both countries are part of the ‘meningitis belt’, a region that stretches across the continent from Senegal to Ethiopia, and is particularly affected by the disease during the dry season. From 13 December 2016 to 14 May 2017, a total of 13,943 suspected cases, and 1,112 deaths, of meningitis have been reported from 24 states in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

30 May 2017 description
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WELCOME

For those observing the month of Ramadan, there will be few occasions when we feel the needs of others more keenly. The act of fasting will for many serve as a reminder that there are those who have known hunger throughout their lives – lives that will change little without a broader shift in circumstances.

That people suffer from malnutrition, in our world of plenty, is difficult to comprehend. That nine children die from it every minute, is difficult to express, because even one is unacceptable.

20 May 2017 description

NEW YORK/NIAMEY, NIGER, MAY, 19 2017—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed several emergency teams to Niger to contain a meningitis outbreak that has killed 179 people since the beginning of the year. Working closely with Niger’s Ministry of Public Health, MSF teams have vaccinated more than 358,800 people in the most affected areas while continuing to monitor at-risk areas and provide medical care to those affected by the disease.

11 May 2017 description

For more than three years, ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the armies in the Lake Chad region has taken a heavy toll on civilian populations. Many have fled their homes and left everything behind to find refuge in other villages and eventually across borders. Authorities report that there are now more than 240,000 displaced people in southeastern Niger’s Diffa region, bordered by Chad and Nigeria. The majority of them were driven from home by violence.

The Consequences of an Ongoing Conflict

29 Apr 2017 description

By Mari Carmen Viñoles, MSF Program Manager for the Sahel

For years, the Diffa region in southeastern Niger, which borders Nigeria and Chad, has suffered the consequences of the armed conflict between Boko Haram and armies of the area. According to Nigerien authorities, there are now more than 240,000 internally displaced people and refugees in the region. More than a third of them have been displaced twice or more due to the violence.