Chronic violence and neglect in parts of northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region means 70 percent of the population has no access to any kind of health care. This affects women the most - maternal mortality rates here are 75 percent higher than the national average. MSF goals in Karamoja's Kaabong district are to strengthen government health services and to reach people who otherwise can't get to health facilities.
Only 10 percent of the 27,000 people working for MSF around the world are international field workers – or those who have come from other places to the countries where we work. The overwhelming majority of MSF field staff are national staff working in their home countries. This week we meet a Ugandan doctor who began his career with MSF after seeing the organization's work in his country.
This month we bring you a story about malnutrition in a land rich for cultivation: in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many children suffer from severe malnutrition even though food is abundant where they live. And in Uganda, a community-based movement of HIV-positive patients helps MSF provide care. Plus, this month's Emergency Updates.
Listen to reports on the ongoing violence along the Chad-Sudan border and MSF's response to an epidemic of meningitis in northern Uganda. In addition, a story on the global vaccine shortage for meningitis.