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.

September 11, 2008

Fourteen days after Tropical Storm Gustav made landfall, followed by Tropical Storm Hanna and then Hurricane Ike last week, many areas are still inaccessible in devastated Haiti.

September 10, 2008

MSF has been forced to evacuate teams from some areas and redeploy to other areas in North Kivu province as a result of heavy fighting that began on August 28. The people of North Kivu, already suffering from nearly constant violence, find themselves once again on the battlefield.

September 08, 2008

Max Cosci, MSF head of mission in Haiti, describes the situation on the ground in Gonaïves after Haiti was hit by Hurricane Gustav, Tropical Storm Hanna, and Hurricane Ike.

September 07, 2008

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is responding the humanitarian needs brought about by a series of hurricanes and tropical that have struck Haiti. According to authorities, 25,000 to 30,000 houses were destroyed and up to 500 people have died nationwide. People have very little access to food and clean water, and major crops have been destroyed.

September 05, 2008

Two MSF teams have begun providing medical care to flood victims in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, where it has also started conducting the first emergency relief distributions in various locations and displaced camps, as well as necessary assessments in the districts of Araria, Supaul, Purnia, and Madhepura.

September 05, 2008

On Monday, September 1, a humanitarian flight crashed outside of Bukavu town, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Among the 17 victims of the crash was Dr. Samuel Bamoueni, a member of MSF in DRC.

September 02, 2008

Due to a rise in violence, MSF has been forced to cease medical activities in one of its clinics in the Wardigley/Hodan area of Mogadishu, Somalia.

September 01, 2008

A humanitarian air service flight went missing during a storm on September 1 en route between Kisangani and Bukavu. As of midday, September 2, aerial surveillance indicated that there were no survivors of the crash.