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April 25, 2016

A recent survey by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that the national program’s vaccination coverage for all antigens has increased by at least 50 percent in children under five years of age in the district of Ansongo, in the northern Mali’s Gao region. This improvement has been achieved thanks to the implementation last year of a strategy combining seasonal malaria chemoprevention, rapid nutritional assessment, and vaccination.

March 30, 2016

Since February 2015, the region of Diffa, in Niger, has become the target of attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram. The continuous violence has caused an exodus of more than 300,000 people. 

November 23, 2015

The Lake Chad region is beset by violence, as attacks by Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, continue unabated, driving huge numbers of people from their homes. Government military operations in response are also contributing to the mass displacement across the region. To date, more than 2.5 million people have been rendered homeless by violence, fighting, and terror in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

August 24, 2015

Since May 2013, a violent insurgency by Boko Haram has led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region. According to UNHCR, nearly 1.4 million people have been internally displaced in northeast Nigeria alone, and approximately 170,000 people have fled to neighboring Cameroon (56,000), Chad (14,000), and Niger (100,000). At least 1,300 people have died due to the violence so far this year.

May 29, 2015

Located in West Africa, Guinea-Bissau is at the bottom of the world development index. The country ranks 188th of 198 countries in the United Nations 2014 Human Development Report, and has an infant mortality rate of 116 per 1,000 children, which puts Guinea-Bissau among the 10 countries with the worst maternal and child health indicators in the world.

May 21, 2015

A meningitis epidemic is sweeping across Niger and has already infected more than 6,500 people and claimed 443 lives, according to health authorities. The illness is simple to treat but the patient must receive immediate care.

April 01, 2015

A year after the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Liberia has made tremendous progress in controlling the virus. Ebola, however, has badly impacted the country's public health services.

August 28, 2014

To try to meet the needs, MSF is training staff before they fly out to various projects, as there is little time for training once they arrive.

August 23, 2012

MSF is fighting a cholera epidemic along the border between Guinea and Sierra Leone in western Africa.

June 22, 2011

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.

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