Albania + 9 more

Merlin programmes worldwide 02 Feb 2000

News and Press Release
Originally published
East Timor
Co-ordinating a task force of agencies to combat insect-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis, throughout East Timor, where conflict has left many health services in ruins.

Training local health staff to boost their capacity to preven t, diagnose and treat disease, particularly malaria.

Supplying laboratories and health centres with drugs and equipment to limit the spread of disease.

Sierra Leone

Providing nutritional feeding to severely malnourished children in Kenema district in eastern Sierra Leone, where thousands have been made homeless by conflict.

Running a paediatric ward in a clinic, an emergency cholera treatment unit, mobile daily health clinics and establishing a permanent health centre to provide basic health care in Freetown.

Re-establishing and restocking one hospital , three clinics and 15 health centres with drugs and equipment to provide medical care and health education to mothers and young children in Kenema and Bo districts.

Overseeing an emergency malaria control programme including bednet distribution, insecticide spraying and community education in Kenema.


Teaching families in the western highlands about malaria and bednet use through mobile teams and community groups.

Preventing the spread of malaria by training local health staff in insecticide spraying techniques to kill the mosquitoes which transmit the disease. Supporting health centres with drug distribution and the training of local staff in data collection and treatment methods.


Training health staff and supporting nine health centres in Nimba county with equipment and basic drugs.

Running a disease control programme to tackle life threatening diseases such as malaria and Lassa Fever, using laboratory training, bednet distribution and community education.


Combating the spiralling epidemic of tuberculosis by training health staff in World Health Organisation methods of TB treatment and raising awareness amongst staff and the public of the new WHO backed approach.

Setting up a project with New York's Public Health Research Institute to control multi-drug resistant TB in patients in Tomsk towns and prisons who have strains of TB immune to standard treatments.


Improving diagnosis of diseases, such as TB, by rehabilitating and re-equipping six hospital laboratories and 12 TB dispensaries.


Supplying the Institute of Public Health in Mitrovica with essential equipment to enable it to collect data about disease, detect potential epidemics and promote hygiene and health awareness.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Providing two hospitals and 35 health centres in Maniema province with drugs to deliver basic health care to people affected by ongoing insecurity.


Rehabilitating infectious disease hospitals following the collapse of health services after the Soviet Union's break-up.

Training local health staff in diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease, particularly typhoid and malaria.

Strengthening epidemic surveillance by distributing drugs and laboratory equipment to infectious disease hospitals.

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