Why are we there?
- Endemic/Epidemic disease
- Health care exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
According to the UN, some 59,000 refugees from DRC were still sheltering in Bétou, in Likouala Department, in early 2012.
At Bétou hospital, MSF strengthened capacity to meet the needs of these refugees and local residents, offerring obstetrics, a nutrition program, and a laboratory, and reorganizing hospital departments for surgery, outpatients, and emergency medicine. Most of the roughly 2,600 monthly outpatient visits were children, most of whom had respiratory infections or malaria. MSF also provided emergency assistance to refugees along the Ubangi River.
MSF works with national control programs for TB and HIV. In 2012, 77 HIV patients and 97 TB patients were registered for MSF treatment.
On March 4, explosions in a munitions depot in Brazzaville killed 200 people and left 1,000 injured and 15,000 homeless. MSF treated the wounded at two public hospitals, setting up triage tents at the University Hospital and donating medical equipment for surgery.
Over 1,000 displaced people in two camps received medical and psychological care. MSF also managed safe water provision and sanitation and monitored for cholera and measles at five other locations.
MSF also ran programs among the indigenous Aka pygmies in northern Congo, implementing a new WHO protocol to treat 17,500 people for yaws, a contagious and dangerous but curable skin infection. MSF also responded to a cholera outbreak in Pointe-Noire in November.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 220 staff in the Republic of Congo. MSF has been working in the country since 1997.