Country/Region

April 21, 2009

Contrary to earlier reports in the media, MSF confirms that, based on its own information, its two staff members held captive in Somalia are in good health and are eating well.

April 20, 2009

MSF confirms that two of its staff members were abducted yesterday in the Bakool region of Somalia.

April 17, 2009

Several countries in West Africa are facing a major meningitis epidemic. In Nigeria, this is the worst meningitis epidemic the country has experienced since 1996.

April 16, 2009

“It’s true that vaccinations stop the epidemic from spreading, but without emergency medical treatment for patients with meningitis, the number of lives lost would be catastrophic," says MSF doctor Nico Heijenberg.

April 16, 2009

In Vavuniya, about 50 miles south of where the fighting is taking place, MSF provides food in 10 camps for displaced people and works in the area’s hospital. Two MSF surgeons provide support to the existing surgical team; in March, they carried out almost 800 operations.

April 02, 2009

In Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and least developed province, most people have very limited access to health care. MSF supports a mother-and-child health care program in Kuchlak, a remote settlement outside the regional capital Quetta made up mostly of Afghan refugees. Here, the all-female staff in the delivery unit offer free and much needed obstetric services.

April 01, 2009

Meningitis, a disease responsible for thousands of deaths in Africa, is currently spreading in several West African countries. While ensuring quick access to treatment for those already infected, MSF is also starting mass vaccination campaigns in Nigeria and Niger and is closely following the situation in other countries in the region. MSF is planning to vaccinate between 4 million and 5 million people against meningitis.

March 27, 2009

Following recent displacement of families around Dubasa River, in the Chocó region of northwest Colombia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is bringing medical care and water and sanitation support to the population.

March 26, 2009

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen an increase in cholera patients in some urban areas of Zimbabwe, despite the reported downward trend at the national level.

March 26, 2009

"Condoms are the key to safe sex. They not only prevent HIV but many sexually transmitted infections. And they prevent unwanted pregnancies. Sexual intercourse is a reality of the human condition. Promoting only abstinence to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a naïve and unrealistic approach. A more attainable goal is to ensure that people behave in a safe way."

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