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Between January 2008 and April 2008, the independent medical humanitarian organization MSF has treated more than 850 victims of conflict in Mogadishu, a majority of whom are civilians, at Dayniile hospital, located nine kilometers outside the capital. Among the 850 people, 455 were admitted for gunshots wounds and 231 for blast wounds consistent with explosive devices.

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A UN health research and development (R&D) summit concluding in Geneva today has failed to take concrete action towards reforming a medical innovation system that largely disregards the health needs of millions of people in developing countries.

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For MSF teams the outbreak is over, but the root causes remain



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Patients receive treatment for cholera in a cholera treatment center (CTC) in Lubumbashi.

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The south of Mali, a marshy region crossed from west to east by the river Niger, is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes that carry malaria. The disease is omnipresent here, and children, the group most vulnerable to the parasite, are its main victims. Every child under five suffers from malaria at least once a year, and some catch it a second or even a third time over the course of a year. The medical needs associated with malaria are huge, but the health system does not respond proportionately.

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Since February 2008, the situation in Aweil, Bahr-el-Ghazal State, has worsened. The combination of: clashes between armed forces and tribal militias along the disputed border of northern and southern Sudan; ongoing political tensions; increased food insecurity due to flooding last year and the return of thousands of Sudanese former refugees; and a lack of functioning medical facilities has prompted MSF to launch an emergency response.

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Since political parties have reached a power-sharing deal and the security situation has improved in many parts of the country, MSF teams plan to phase out activities in some locations. However, as the rainy season is starting, and thousands are still living in displaced-persons’camps, MSF medical and logistical staff will continue to assist those affected by the violence while also providing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and kala azar treatment and care at long-running projects. 

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As an eerie calm settled on the center of Port-au-Prince on April 10, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are continuing to receive patients suffering from trauma injuries, especially in the Martissant and Carrefour neighborhoods of the city.

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In December 2007, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began providing essential health services to Zimbabwean migrants in the South African border town of Musina, Limpopo province, and in central Johannesburg. It is estimated that more than one million Zimbabweans live in South Africa.

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Since April 7, 2008, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have treated more than 31 wounded patients, including 15 people with gunshot wounds, in MSF-operated hospitals in the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince. Most of the patients were wounded when demonstrators in the city protested against rapidly increasing living costs, especially sharp increases in the price of basic food items.

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Following violent clashes in Baghdad, Basra, Babel, and neighboring provinces, an influx of wounded patients has flooded hospitals in those areas. Medical facilities are experiencing shortages of the materiel and medicines required to treat emergency patients.

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