Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/Epidemic disease
- Healthcare exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
From March to May, MSF responded to a cholera outbreak in the Northern region’s Nebbi district, treating 600 patients.
Teams also provided technical expertise following outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever in August and October, respectively, managing an Ebola ward in Kagadi hospital in Kibaale district, for example, and working with the MOH to halt transmission of the diseases.
From July to October, teams provided medical care to refugees from DRC, managing severe malnutrition and treating 500 children at the Nyakabande and Rwamwanja camps in Western region.
MSF maintained its HIV and TB program in Arua as well, though HIV treatment is now far more available than it used to be. Many patients come from DRC, where access to care is very limited.
By the end of 2012, MSF was providing more than 6,600 people with ARVs and had nearly 900 patients co-infected with TB in treatment.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 456 staff in Uganda. MSF has been working in the country since 1986.
“I came from Bunia in DRC, 200 miles from here. I come here to get ARV drugs but transport is too expensive, so I’ve stayed with my sister in Arua for the past six months.
Every two months I come here to collect my free treatment from MSF. My six-year-old daughter tested HIV positive first; that’s how I found out I was sick too. She stays with me; we are both under treatment. In the community, there are people that accept us and others that stigmatise. In Bunia there is no free treatment and I cannot work at the moment.”