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September 23, 2008

At present, the situation seems to be stabilizing in some of these areas and admissions of severe cases into the MSF centers are decreasing. However, it is not possible to identify a general trend across the country.

September 23, 2008

Since Friday, September 19, amid intensifying violence in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, there has been a sharp increase in the number of admissions of war wounded civilians to the MSF hospital in Daynile, located just outside the capital.

September 18, 2008

Many of the IDPs, traditionally nomadic people, are saying that in the areas they usually inhabit there is currently not enough food or water to survive.

September 18, 2008

"At the latest estimate, there were something like 60,000 people living without a house. All the bridges have collapsed around the town, and the roads are still impassable. Inside the town itself you can drive to some places, but to get to the town from outside is impossible—even big vehicles with caterpillar tracks can't get through."

September 17, 2008

During one week in July, 410 new cases of Hepatitis E were diagnosed by MSF in Kitgum district,  home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons.

September 15, 2008

Bradley Burlingham, a member of the MSF team in Nigeria, died in a tragic accident just as he was beginning his first assignment with MSF. MSF’s deepest sympathies are with Brad’s family during this very painful time.

September 15, 2008

While flood waters in Gonaives have mostly receded, some parts of the devastated town remain inaccessible and many people have not had access to healthcare, clean water, and food for 15 days. An MSF team continues to support the Rabouteau Health Center in Gonaives, where more than 1,000 consultations have been carried out to date.

September 15, 2008

MSF is treating people affected by the recent cholera outbreak in the Zimbabwean town of Chitungwiza.

September 12, 2008

Following a directive from the government of Sri Lanka earlier this week, MSF withdrew its staff yesterday from Kilinochchi town, in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-controlled Vanni area. MSF is very concerned about the possible consequences of ongoing hostilities for the people still living in the area, and the impact of displacement on the health of the population.

September 11, 2008

Lionel, a 22-year-old carpenter, was at home on September 1 with his wife, who was seven months pregnant, in the Brale area in Gonaïves, Haiti. At about 11 p.m., the water started rising. As it began to spread under the bed, they knew they had to move. Within two hours, the water was four meters above ground level.

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