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December 03, 2008

Since early Monday, December 1, of a presumed 420 people who have arrived on Yemen’s shores after traveling through the Gulf of Aden from Somalia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has assisted 361.

December 01, 2008

As of December 2008, MSF has 102 international staff and 1,625 national staff working in Darfur.

December 01, 2008

An MSF nurse is standing in the middle of dozens of cholera patients lying on the dirt in the backyard of Beitbridge’s main hospital. Cholera has overwhelmed this border town of about 40,000 like contaminated wildfire.

November 28, 2008

Recent fighting in the area of Kanyabayonga has forced hundreds of people to flee and hampered humanitarian efforts. Some of the displaced people who were hiding in the forest have now started to slowly return to town. "Despite the perception of a relative calm, violence is continuing in several areas of  North Kivu," says Gilduin Blanchard, MSF head of mission in Goma. "Thousands are currently on the run, forced to flee their homes again. This is happening right now, far from the media spotlight."

November 26, 2008

There are an estimated 2.1 million children living with HIV/AIDS, according to UNAIDS, 90 percent of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa.  Only 10 percent receive any treatment for the disease.

November 26, 2008

A family in Homa Bay, Kenya describes the benefit of a fixed dose combination antiretroviral for their son's HIV/AIDS treatment.  Of the 22 antiretroviral drugs currently available, eight are not approved for pediatric use and seventeen are not available in pediatric formulations. There is a clear and urgent need for more research and development of child-friendly antiretroviral drugs. 

November 23, 2008

Today, an MSF international team is resuming its work in Kayna hospital, Lubero district, where security has been poor over the past week. Recent fighting in the area forced hundreds of people to flee and hampered humanitarian efforts. Most of the population of Kanyabayonga, further south, has left the town. MSF is extremely worried about the fate of thousands of people currently hiding in the bush in fear. The team’s top priority is to find them and provide them with urgent assistance.

November 21, 2008

MSF medical teams are currently assessing the nutritional situation in several areas of the country. Since November 4, MSF medical doctors have been screening children in the mountain area of Baie d'Orange and Belle Anse, where authorities had reported children dead because of malnutrition in the previous weeks.

November 19, 2008

MSF provides health care (medical consultations, hospitalizations, and surgery) in North Kivu province’s Rutshuru, Masisi, and Lubero districts. MSF works in Rutshuru hospital and supports Mweso, Masisi and Kitchanga hospitals as well as health centres in these districts, and also runs a network of mobile clinics.

November 18, 2008

Teams continue to work at a hospital and health centers in Rutshuru and Kiwanja, where the situation is now stable. Activities in the hospital are becoming routine; on average, ten surgeries are now performed per day. There are a number of requests from health centers to transfer patients from Kinyandoni and Kibututu to the hospital in Rutshuru. Among these patients, there are several children affected by severe or moderate malnutrition.

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