In the landlocked and mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia, prisons have long been a breeding ground for tuberculosis (TB). Many prisoners are released before concluding their treatment and if they are unable to continue treatment they are more likely to delevop resistant strains of the disease.
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.
One month after a major earthquake hit Sumatra, Indonesia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still operating mobile clinics, giving mental health support to survivors, monitoring epidemics, distributing relief items, as well as providing water and sanitation support to the severely affected areas surrounding Padang and Pariaman.
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.
Some 900 people across Haut Uélé province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have been murdered since the end of 2008, in a string of brutal attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed group active in Uganda and Sudan for over two decades. The systematic violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes and shelter in makeshift structures such as this one. They are receiving little assistance.