March 20, 2008

To help alleviate difficult treatment conditions and improve adherence, MSF staff at projects in Zougdidi, Georgia, and Soukhoumi, Abkhazia, are now offering patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment at home. The projects treat 81 and 51 patients, respectively.

March 19, 2008

International staff with the independent medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have resumed their humanitarian work in several locations in Somalia. Following the brutal killings of three MSF aid workers on January 28 in the southern city of Kismayo, MSF suspended its international staff presence in the country. Programs continued to be run thanks to the dedication of MSF Somali staff members.

March 17, 2008

Since December 2007, cholera outbreaks have affected thousands of people in the cities of Lubumbashi and Likasi in southern Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo. For the last three weeks, however, the number of new patients at MSF clinics in these areas have been decreasing.

March 17, 2008

On March 18, a Somali national staff from the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) died at the hospital following severe injuries sustained during an attack on an MSF car the week before. Along with other cars travelling the same route, an MSF vehicle was attacked on March 12. At 1:00 PM local time several armed men opened fire on the vehicles, seriously wounding the MSF Somali staff member, who worked as a security guard. Three other MSF Somali colleagues were slightly injured in the incident.

March 17, 2008

On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, four ethnic Hmong families from the Huai Nam Khao refugee camp in Thailand were sent back to Laos. This confirmed fears expressed by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in October 2007 with respect to the Thai government’s plans to forcibly repatriate 8,000 Hmong before the end of 2008. The refugees are currently confined to this camp in northern Thailand’s Petchabun province and claim to have fled violence and persecution in Laos.

March 16, 2008

In February, bombings and attacks on villages in parts of West Darfur, Sudan, led to an influx of thousands of refugees into the Birak region of eastern Chad. MSF teams have been providing assistance by distributing essential relief items to the refugees and administering nutrient-fortified, ready-to-use foods (RUF) to prevent and treat malnutrition. As a new wave of refugees arrives in Birak from the Jebel Moon region in Darfur, MSF is distributing an additional round of relief items, setting up mobile medical clinics, and organizing a measles vaccination campaign alongside another distribution of RUF.

March 13, 2008

A car belonging to the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was attacked on March 12 near the town of Balcad in Somalia. At 1 p.m. local time, several armed men opened fire on the vehicle, seriously wounding one of the MSF staff members, a security guard, who was taken to hospital where he is now recovering from a femur fracture. Three other employees were slightly injured in the incident.

March 11, 2008

Despite a ceasefire agreement signed in January by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and armed groups, insecurity persists in North Kivu province. The population is subject to violent attacks and must flee, often multiple times. Romain Gitenet, MSF head of mission in DRC, provides an update on MSF’s work there.

March 09, 2008

The situation in the Gaza Strip has been calmer since last week's fighting between Palestinian armed groups and Israeli forces. At the height of the violence, MSF managed to make donations to health facilities and continued to assess medical needs. Teams are prepared to treat new patients in the coming days.

March 02, 2008

The MSF team has reopened its clinic in Gaza City in order to treat wounded people and to support hospitals overloaded by a large influx of patients due to the Israeli incursion in the north of Gaza strip. MSF has also made donations of medical items and essential drugs to some hospitals in the area.