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Last week, the emergency unit of Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Kivu ended a measles vaccination campaign in the district of Minova after reaching nearly 38,000 children and young people between 6 months to 15 years of age. The vaccination campaign in different parts of eastern DRC now continues in the neighboring district of Kalonge.

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In a terror campaign that shows no signs of stopping, women, men, and children are being abducted for months at a time by armed militias and made to work as sex slaves and forced laborers in the gold and diamond mining region of the Okapi forest, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Refugees from CAR are struggling to endure horrid conditions and extreme privation.

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Months of conflict between armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province have exposed thousands of civilians to extreme levels of violence. Many people have sustained life-threatening injuries, lost family members in the fighting, and have been forced to flee their homes. As well as the physical trauma caused, these events have left people with invisible psychological scars that can often go untreated.

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On December 2, 2013, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received an alert from the Provincial General Hospital of South Kivu in Bukavu. The day before, 30 people had been admitted to the cholera treatment center (CTC) and one person had already died.

The MSF emergency team immediately went to the center and found it completely overwhelmed. Ninety percent of the cases had come from a district of the city called Camp Mweze, where the community had already reported four more deaths possibly caused by cholera originating from a contaminated water source.

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Working in a highly volatile security context, MSF has vaccinated some 26,000 children against measles and distributed basic supplies to thousands of people displaced by conflict.

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With clashes intensifying in South Irumu, in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Orientale Province, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on the parties to the conflict to respect the civilian populations and the integrity of medical facilities.

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Nurse Tessy Fautsch discusses a new MSF project that aims to treat confirmed cases of measles and develop new vaccination approaches.

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Tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the FRPI militia group are living in precarious conditions in northeastern DRC.

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MSF is providing care and water and sanitation services in western Uganda, where tens of thousands of refugees fleeing insecurity in DRC arrived in mid-July.

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