December 05, 2008

In the month of October, the MSF team in Mweso saw thousands of people fleeing along the road in front of the hospital. Fighting was raging in the areas to the north, right up to the edge of Mweso itself. In the operating room, the number of war-wounded patients increased dramatically.

December 04, 2008

MSF has been treating cholera in Zimbabwe since the latest outbreak started in August, and will continue to care for patients throughout the country as long as is needed.  The outbreak has reached many provinces of the country and is greatest in the capital, Harare, and its suburbs, where MSF has set up two cholera treatment centers

December 03, 2008

For the past several weeks, MSF teams have been assessing the refugee situation at the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. An 11-person team (three doctors, four nurses and three logisticians) are now working in three different sites to offer assistance to the refugees.

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.