Fighting has worsened once again over the last few months in North and South Kivu provinces, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As a result, people are being killed or injured, and thousands of families are on the move seeking safety.
A cholera epidemic is rapidly spreading along the Congo River in western Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease is affecting towns and villages along the waterway, which is the population's main mode of transportation. More than 250 people had died as a result of the disease by July 21, and the epidemic is expected to soon reach the country's crowded capital, Kinshasa.
Usually the result of complications during delivery, a fistula is an opening between the bladder and the vagina, or between the rectum and the vagina. Women become incontinent, and are often shunned from their societies and families as a result. They can also suffer additional medical consequences. Access to pre-natal care and interventions to assist with complicated labor, including C-sections are essential to preventing fistulas.
Violent conflict between government forces and armed groups in and around the town of Pinga, North Kivu Province, keeps local people trapped and unable to access medical care. MSF works in Pinga and send health workers on motorbikes to find people in urgent need of assistance.
On July 2, 2010, a fuel tanker crashed and exploded in Sange, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Up to 269 were killed and countless injured. MSF has been providing much-needed support at Uvira Hospital. Here, survivors talk about their traumatic experiences and what MSF's assistance has meant.
Renewed fighting erupted in the beginning of November in Baraka, South Kivu Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In Baraka, MSF is supporting a general hospital and treating tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and cholera, as well as running a nutrition project and providing reproductive health care. As MSF head of mission for South Kivu, Goedele Van Bavel, explains in this audio slide show, MSF is currently balancing whether to evacuate its operations in light of the recent developments.
In Faradje, Haut-Uélé region, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a project in 2009 for children who were abducted by armed groups. In the first five months, MSF staff assisted 114 children. Here are three of them.