Meet Natacha, a mother in Burkina Faso who struggles for her children's survival every year during the hunger gap; hear about MSF’s work in some of Zimbabwe's prisons; and get an update on the urgent needs in Haiti.
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.
At least 10 percent of the population in Bolivia is carrying the parasite for Chagas disease. Few people, including medical staff, are aware of its prevalence, but MSF is running a groundbreaking program there.
MSF is offering mental health care to displaced people in Mindanao, in the Philippines, and providing health care in Balochistan province in Pakistan, where decades of insecurity has made medical services rare.
Listen to a report from Gaza and stories about two direly needed MSF maternal health programs in Haiti and Pakistan. Aid groups brought more surgical teams and supplies to Gaza last week, but wounds are still deep in this war-torn area. An MSF hospital for women with complicated pregnancies is thrown into chaos when government hospitals are shut down city-wide. And, a report from Kuchlak, a remote part of Pakistan near the Afghan border, where it is often dangerous to be a pregnant woman.
In this edition, listen to reports on new strategies to combat malaria and MSF’s response to the devastation wrought by successive hurricanes hitting Haiti. In the top story, hear how thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing war and destitution are undertaking a perilous journey aboard illegal smugglers’ boats to cross the Gulf of Aden.