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January 06, 2009

Luis Encinas recently returned from Kasai Occidental province in central DRC, where he led the MSF team fighting an epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A nurse by profession and the operations coordinator for this MSF project, Encinas spoke about the situation on the ground and how MSF has changed its way of responding to Ebola.

January 04, 2009

More than one week after air strikes began on the Gaza Strip, and following the beginning of a land incursion by Israeli forces, surgical services in Gaza are overwhelmed and are in need of surgeons specialized in vascular surgery in order to deal with the increasing number of wounded people.

January 01, 2009

Following the attack of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on the city of Faradje (Haut Uélé) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on December 25, an MSF team went there on December 28 to provide emergency medical assistance.

January 01, 2009

Three expatriate staff members from MSF were able to join local MSF teams in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. They describe the tension and difficulties working in Gaza, with air strikes and bombings making it very difficult for patients and healthcare personnel to move around.

December 31, 2008

The number of people with suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Mweka district of Western Kasai Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is now 38, including 12 who have died.

December 30, 2008

The violent conflict in the Gaza Strip has been extremely intense for the last four days, and hospitals have been struggling to meet the urgent needs of large numbers of wounded people. A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor* in Gaza spoke on December 30 about the situation there.

December 30, 2008

Four days after air attacks against the Gaza Strip began hospitals are already overwhelmed by an influx of wounded patients. Two MSF teams have begun treating them and an initial MSF truckload of medical supplies and drugs entered the Gaza Strip today.

December 29, 2008

Since Saturday, December 27, aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip are estimated to have killed 300 people and wounded over one thousand more, including civilians. In both Kemal Edwan and Shifa Hospitals, medical personnel are overloaded by the influx of wounded and a lack space to deal with all the patients.

December 28, 2008

On the morning of December 28, a woman with symptoms of what could be Ebola hemorrhagic fever died in Western Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On December 25, a man with similar symptoms died. These two bring the total number of deaths to 11 in what are 35 suspected cases of Ebola in the area.

December 25, 2008

Blood samples from patients in the Western Kasai Province in central Democratic Republic of Congo that were sent to laboratories in Gabon have tested positive for Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Thirty -three people suspected of suffering from Ebola, including nine people who have died, have been reported since November 27. Additional blood and stool samples have been taken for testing.

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