After last January's war, heightened medical and health needs prompted Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to expand its activities to address shortfalls in specific areas, including post-operative care, physical therapy, mental health care and surgery. Jean-Luc Lambert, MSF's head of mission for the Palestinian Territories, assesses the activities of this post-war year and MSF's plans for the future.
Thai authorities have begun expelling 4,000 Hmong remaining in the Huai Nam Khao camp in Thailand's Petchabun province back to Laos. No third-party organization is present at the site. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which left the camps in May 2009 following military pressure, had denounced the forced repatriation policy.
MSF announced its withdrawal of all international staff from a Tari, Papua New Guinea, hospital because of continued insecurity on hospital grounds. “In the past few weeks, there have been repeated security incidents including threats to our staff that we cannot tolerate,” said Monique Nagelkerke, head of mission for MSF in the country.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still providing surgical and medical health care to the displaced people in Vavuniya district, northern Sri Lanka. Some war-wounded need specific medical care, like orthopedic surgery, and around 95,000 people remain in Manik Farm camp. Additional medical capacities could be needed in the areas of return, as a result of the resettlement process.
MSF has started to work again in Afghanistan after an absence of five years. Here, MSF General Director Christopher Stokes explains why it is crucial for MSF to base its activities in the country on three pillars: providing free medical care, not accepting funds from governments, and keeping all weapons out of the hospitals.
In Lower Dir district in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province several waves of displaced people have sought refuge since conflict erupted between armed opposition groups and the Pakistani army in August 2008.
Kuchlak is a city of 120,000 people located a 30-minutes drive from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province. Situated on the border with Afghanistan, the town has become a permanent home to Afghan refugees who fled to Pakistan during the civil war in the 1980s and later conflicts. In this remote area where health services are almost unreachable, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been providing medical care in a maternal health and a rural health center since 2006.