The effects of ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa region have intensified the situation in Somalia, already precarious due to 20 years of violent conflict: food prices have gone up, livestock are dying, and humanitarian aid in the country is scarce. MSF's Marere Hospital in southern Somalia is the only health facility in the area. A Somali medical worker from Marere described the current crisis.
After a year of responding to the post-earthquake needs and the cholera epidemic that began in October, MSF has reviewed its own work in Haiti, and speaks out about what we see as the failure of the international aid system to respond adequately to the still enormous needs on the ground.
From Port-au-Prince we bring you a report on MSF's emergency response to the Haiti earthquake; in the first three weeks MSF treated more than 11,000 patients. You'll hear from Haitian and international staff, as well as patients, on the ground.
In our main reports, hear how MSF's program for victims of sexual violence has helped one 17-year-old in Guatemala, which has a striking 10,000 reported cases per year. Also hear an interview with an MSF water and sanitation specialist who has just returned from Bangladesh, where, two months after Cyclone Aila, survivors are still struggling.
In this edition, you’ll hear another emergency update of MSF’s response in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the aftermath of Cylcone Nargis. Present in the country since 1992, the bulk of MSF’s work prior to the cyclone disaster centered treating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Souheil Reaiche coordinates the MSF teams working in the eastern Irrawaddy Delta, the region hardest-hit by the cyclone. He describes the devastation.