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November 02, 2008

MSF is continuing to work in Goma and in other towns and villages in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The organization remains very concerned about the tens of thousands of people still on the move who have fled the recent fighting. Without improvements in the security situation, people will be forced to continue running.

October 30, 2008

MSF is continuing to work in Goma and in other towns and villages in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The organization is extremely concerned about the tens of thousands of people currently on the move, fleeing fighting. The displaced people are in urgent need of clean water, basic items like blankets and shelter materials, and food.

October 30, 2008

On Wednesday, October 29, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team reached Ziarat, in the Balochistan region of Pakistan, the area most severely affected by an earthquake. MSF immediately set up a 24-hour clinic to treat wounded—mainly cuts and bruises. The team dispatched blankets, cooking sets, jerry cans, tents and body bags from emergency supply stocks in Islamabad. A large aftershock occurred Wednesday evening, when many people were attending funerals to bury their dead.

October 29, 2008

The humanitarian situation in the Kivu region of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is continuing to deteriorate rapidly. Over the weekend, intense fighting erupted around the town of Rutshuru, some 70 kilometers from the provincial capital, Goma. On Sunday, MSF medical teams in Rutshuru treated 70 war wounded and have since been working around the clock.

October 29, 2008

Early this morning, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières sent a team directly from the village Quetta to Ziarat in Balochistan, southwestern Pakistan, where reports are that this is the worst hit area. The region was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale.

October 26, 2008

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is extremely concerned about recent comments made by Sudanese government representatives that the organization's activities in South Darfur may be suspended after October 31.

October 23, 2008

Mankaza, 15, tried to get away inconspicuously from the other girls at her boarding school in southern Zimbabwe. But before she could leave the hall some of her classmates started jeering and soon all joined in, "Where are you going Mankaza? Mankaza's going to juice up, Mankaza's going to juice up!"

October 23, 2008

More than 10.000 people have been affected by a cholera outbreak that has devastated Guinea Bissau since May. The epidemic has already caused the deaths of 190 patients. After reaching epidemic levels, there has recently been a significant decrease in the number of admissions to the main cholera treatment center (CTC) opened in the capital, Bissau.

October 23, 2008

For several weeks, MSF helped support the Rabouteau Health Center in Gonaives. It reopened a hospital in another part of town while also organizing water distribution. MSF continues to witness difficult situations and documents the stories of some of the people still forgotten weeks after the last storm.

October 02, 2008

This weekend, two Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health facilities in Adé and Goz Beïda in eastern Chad were robbed by armed men. MSF teams have been evacuated and the project activities at these locations have been suspended indefinitely, leaving 70,000 people without access to life-saving health services. The incidents this weekend, along with additional armed robberies on two other NGOs, and  the hijacking of a UN vehicle, mark a peak in the number of attacks against humanitarian organizations over the last six months. MSF will review how it will be possible to return to full operations in eastern Chad.

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