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April 08, 2008

Since April 7, 2008, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have treated more than 31 wounded patients, including 15 people with gunshot wounds, in MSF-operated hospitals in the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince. Most of the patients were wounded when demonstrators in the city protested against rapidly increasing living costs, especially sharp increases in the price of basic food items.

April 08, 2008

Following violent clashes in Baghdad, Basra, Babel, and neighboring provinces, an influx of wounded patients has flooded hospitals in those areas. Medical facilities are experiencing shortages of the materiel and medicines required to treat emergency patients.

April 03, 2008

Since January, thousands of children have developed measles in Niger. MSF has sent medical teams to Maradi and Zinder, the regions with the highest numbers of measles cases, to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.

March 30, 2008

In southern Sudan, thousands of families displaced by the recent armed conflict in the oil-rich region of Abyei are in need of emergency assistance. This is occurring in a region where resources are already extremely depleted.

March 30, 2008

India's tiger economy is the envy of many — the eight-lane highways, shopping malls, the luxury cars and the growing affluence of the middle class are all evidence of the country’s growing economic clout. Yet, this success masks a very different reality for most of the country’s population. South Asia is one of the world’s malnutrition ‘hot spots,’ and in particular India carries the largest burden of illness in the region. One half of India's children under five are underweight. So what lies behind these grim figures, and what efforts are being made to address the crisis? From New Delhi, Leena Menghaney of MSF's Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines outlines some of the main issues defining the debate.

March 27, 2008

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2008 Global Tuberculosis Control report shows that tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a major cause of illness and death worldwide and that the death toll from TB is rising.

March 27, 2008



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A woman with HIV/AIDS covers her face at an MSF clinic in Nanning.

March 23, 2008

Dr. Francis Varaine is coordinator of MSF’s tuberculosis working group. In this interview, he underlines the urgency of identifying new diagnostic means and treatments suited to MSF’s operating environment. He also discusses MSF's priorities for 2008.

March 20, 2008

MSF has been responding to an outbreak of cholera in the Arua district of northwest Uganda since early January 2008. In the Oli neighborhood of Arua town, MSF is supporting a cholera treatment center (CTC) in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health. Medical staff at the Oli CTC have admitted up to 40 patients per day.

March 20, 2008

At the general hospital in Matadi, the main town of Bas-Congo province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a medical team from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care for 29 people wounded in the clashes between the police and members of Bundu Dia Kongo, a political-religious group contesting the state's authority.

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