Tuesday, December 12, 2017 — Cases of cholera may have declined in Yemen, but the ongoing war and blockade are now creating a new threat to public health, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold.
By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the suspected cases are children between the ages of 5 and 14, and nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15. Nearly 70% of all suspected cases are in Ibb governorate.
Nuestros equipos desplegados en Ciudad de México, Estado de México, Puebla, Oaxaca y Morelos han dado por finalizadas las actividades médicas, de salud mental y promoción de la salud puestas en marcha a raíz de los dos terremotos que azotaron el país en septiembre.
Monia Khaled is water and sanitation supervisor for MSF in Yemen. This is her account of the dramatic changes in everyday life she has witnessed over the past two and a half years.
Ugandan authorities have declared the end of the Marburg fever outbreak that has affected the eastern part of the country since October. MSF provided support to local authorities, in particular in case management capacity and epidemic surveillance. MSF, the Ugandan Ministry of Health and their partners have also introduced new tools which will improve case management in future haemorrhagic fever outbreaks.
In November, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Mexico City, Mexico State, Puebla, Oaxaca and Morelos concluded the medical, mental health and heath promotions activities that were launched in response to the emergency situations created by two major earthquakes in September.
MSF in Puebla
Australian emergency medical coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières, Kate White, reflects on how the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh has changed in recent weeks.
In a relatively short time, MSF has gone from having one in-patient facility in Kutupalong and one health post in the makeshift settlement, to now having two in-patient facilities and 15 health posts to assist the 620,000 Rohingya refugees that have settled in Bangladesh.
Fatima sits on the bed next to her 18-month-old son Ishaq, her legs bent under her chin in front of her. They arrived the day before to the cholera treatment centre (CTC) operated by MSF in Al Qaeda city, Ibb governorate, after a four-hour journey from Shokan, a village located in Mawia district, in Taiz governorate, south-western Yemen.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — A week of heavy violence, coupled with a crippling blockade preventing vital supplies into the country, shows new levels of disregard by warring parties for the civilian population, medical facilities and patients, says the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
MSF has been providing medical and humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and migrants in Greece since 1996. In 2014, MSF expanded its activities in Greece to meet the needs of asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands and mainland from Turkey. Since 2016, MSF medical teams in Greece have offered services including primary healthcare, treatment for chronic diseases, sexual and reproductive healthcare, physiotherapy and mental healthcare. Today, MSF provides medical services in the wider area of Athens, in Epirus, as well as on the islands of Lesvos and Samos.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — The long-running conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has had a devastating impact on the population, forcing more than a million people to flee their homes. In a country with a population of just 4.5 million, 538,000 people have fled the country and more than 600,000 people have been internally displaced. OCHA estimates that 2.4 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 — For the second consecutive winter, Greek authorities are trapping thousands of men, women and children on the Greek islands leaving them on the brink of a humanitarian emergency, warns the medical and humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In response to this crisis, MSF is scaling up its emergency humanitarian intervention and is calling on EU and Greek authorities to open the islands and immediately move people to the mainland.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun treatment for hepatitis C with people who are co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV in Mykolaiv region, in southern Ukraine, where prevalence of HIV is two times higher than the average across the country.
People living with HIV are extremely vulnerable to contracting the hepatitis C virus, which is the fifth leading cause of death of people living with HIV in Europe.
The conflict between the Nigerian military and armed opposition groups known as Boko Haram has been ongoing for more than eight years, with serious humanitarian consequences. Aid needs to be sustained and increased, as hundreds of thousands of people remain heavily dependent on it for their survival.
Iraq has endured years of disastrous conflict. Since 2014, 5.3 million children and adults in Iraq have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter from the fighting. More than 2.2 million people have now returned home but years of conflict have severely impacted the health sector and the needs are great.
As the last remaining cities are re-taken from the IS, more and more people are returning home. MSF has observed an increased number of families leaving the camps.
Emergency surgery is one of MSF’s main activities in Cameroon. This is particularly the case at the Regional Hospital in Kousséri, where MSF supports the Ministry of Health (MoH) with free, high quality emergency surgery. Surgery requires having a large supply of healthy blood available and this is the challenge MSF has taken up in Kousséri. In collaboration with the MoH, MSF has set up a blood bank that is jointly managed by both entities to address the hospital’s difficulties regarding blood transfusion.
Months after Mosul was retaken from the Islamic State group, the Iraqi city’s health system remains decimated. Most of Mosul’s hospitals and clinics were damaged in the fighting and there is a severe lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, and staff. From July to October, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams supported 2,532 admissions in the emergency room, 746 admissions in the inpatient department, and treated 159 malnourished children through inpatient and ambulatory feeding programs at Al Khansaa Pediatrics Teaching Hospital in eastern Mosul.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — On 5 December, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will open a day centre in Pantin, Paris, to offer unaccompanied young migrants respite, medical care and administrative support. After often arduous journeys undertaken without the protection of their families, many young people arriving in France receive neither shelter nor assistance from the authorities, forcing them to sleep rough in the most appalling conditions.
MSF calls on Gavi to put children’s health at the centre of its funding model – not just economics
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Au mois de septembre 2017, MSF a mis en service une banque de sang à l’Hôpital Régional Annexe de Kousseri (HRAK) pour y assurer une réserve de poches de sang suffisante. Dans les premières semaines, 345 poches de sang ont été données et la banque comprend permanemment environ 25 poches.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for urgent medical supplies and respect for International Humanitarian Law protecting medical facilities