The violent conflict set off by former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down after his electoral defeat morphed into several months of intense fighting between different groups. While it has abated to a certain extent, many of the people who fled their homes are not returning. They fear the conflict could flare up again or have nothing to return to, because their homes and fields were burned.
In response to chronically high rates of malnutrition in the Northern region of Burkina Faso, MSF launched nutrition programs there in September 2007, in the areas of Titao and Yako. As of June 2008, MSF had treated a total of 13,600 children under five years of age, and 90 percent of them had recovered. Here, MSF staff and parents of malnourished children speak describe the program.
Pediatrician Leo Ho worked in the intensive care unit of the MSF-run Gondama Hospital in the Bo region of Sierra Leone in 2007. During his assignment, Dr. Ho was continually treating the most severe malaria cases: children brought to the hospital who had already fallen into a coma; those who were severely malnourished; or also suffering from tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. “We were just trying to keep them alive,” says Dr. Ho.