January 09, 2009

MSF faces major problems in obtaining access to the wounded. The security conditions still prevent medical teams and humanitarian aid workers from providing aid to a population that has nowhere to flee and finds itself trapped.

January 09, 2009

Jessica Pourraz, MSF field coordinator in Gaza, observes that the situation in the field remains unchanged. Given the security conditions, medical teams and humanitarian aid workers are still unable to deliver aid to a population that has nowhere to flee.

January 08, 2009

As of January 7, MSF has seen more than 16,000 patients with suspected cases of cholera in Zimbabwe. Currently, MSF teams are seeing an overall decrease in the number of cases at the projects where they are working. However, the UN has reported a major spike in cases – on January 6 1,080 new cases and 19 deaths were reported while January 5 saw 675 new cases and 59 deaths.

January 07, 2009

As of January 7, a total of 42 patients have been reported with suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the province of Western Kasai, central DRC. Thirteen of the 42 patients have died. The epicenter of the epidemic is believed to be Kaluamba village, in the center of the province.

January 06, 2009

Luis Encinas recently returned from Kasai Occidental province in central DRC, where he led the MSF team fighting an epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A nurse by profession and the operations coordinator for this MSF project, Encinas spoke about the situation on the ground and how MSF has changed its way of responding to Ebola.

January 04, 2009

More than one week after air strikes began on the Gaza Strip, and following the beginning of a land incursion by Israeli forces, surgical services in Gaza are overwhelmed and are in need of surgeons specialized in vascular surgery in order to deal with the increasing number of wounded people.

January 01, 2009

Following the attack of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on the city of Faradje (Haut Uélé) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on December 25, an MSF team went there on December 28 to provide emergency medical assistance.

January 01, 2009

Three expatriate staff members from MSF were able to join local MSF teams in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. They describe the tension and difficulties working in Gaza, with air strikes and bombings making it very difficult for patients and healthcare personnel to move around.

December 31, 2008

The number of people with suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Mweka district of Western Kasai Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is now 38, including 12 who have died.

December 30, 2008

The violent conflict in the Gaza Strip has been extremely intense for the last four days, and hospitals have been struggling to meet the urgent needs of large numbers of wounded people. A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor* in Gaza spoke on December 30 about the situation there.