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From sleeping sickness to cholera and malnutrition, MSF continues to respond to emergencies throughout Bahr-el-Ghazal, Jonglei, Western Equatoria, Unity, and Upper Nile states. MSF remains one of the largest health-care providers in the region. MSF has worked in southern Sudan since 1983. In 2007, 137 international staff and 1,359 Sudanese staff were employed and MSF spent 19.76 million euros providing medical care in the region.

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In Sri Lanka, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are present at Point Pedro, in the Jaffna Peninsula, where the population is still isolated by the conflict. In spite of restrictions imposed by the governmental authorities, MSF pursues its activities in a region increasingly affected by war.

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There has been a serious car incident involving several staff members from the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The incident occurred in the Somali town of Kismayo.

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It is not uncommon for people living with advanced HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia to go completely blind, mysteriously, and in a very short period of time. In fact, these irreversible cases of blindness are caused by Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a member of the herpes virus family, which leads to blindness in those with compromised immune systems. Dr. David Wilson, former MSF medical coordinator in Thailand, explains why access to affordable valganciclovir is so critical in low and middle-income countries where CMV poses a major threat.

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In response to the violence that has hit Nairobi in the last few days, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care to wounded people in health centers as well as in referral hospitals. Filipe Ribeiro and Rémi Carrier respectively run MSF's activities in Mathare and Kibera. They speak about the last few days of violence in Nairobi.

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MSF medical staff examine a woman for the Ebola virus in Bundibugyo district. Uganda © Claude Mahoudeau/MSF

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Since the start of 2008, 767 people suffering from cholera have required treatment in a cholera treatment center (CTC) supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the city of Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga province and the economic center of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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As protests continue throughout Kenya, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams respond to the additional needs created by the violence of recent weeks. In Nairobi, where MSF has provided HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) care in the slums for over 10 years, medical teams have set up extra clinics and first-aid posts in order to assist any people wounded during the protests. MSF teams in Busia and Homa Bay are continuing to provide HIV/AIDS care and are assisting displaced people. In other parts of western Kenya, emergency teams that arrived in the country to help deal with the increased needs continue to provide assistance to the thousands of people who have been affected by the violence.

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The tightened blockade in recent days has sharply restricted resupplying activities in the Gaza Strip. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are continuing aid activities on site, but are concerned about shortages of medicine, problems with hospital services and limited access to medical care.

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Some populations in need remain out of reach due to insecurity



An MSF team member examines a child during a mobile clinic in Bukama, North Kivu. Democratic Republic of Congo 2007 © François Dumont /MSF

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