While documenting the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, photographer Nicola Vigilanti met a brave young girl named Mirlanda who was receiving physiotherapy and post-operative care for her quake-related injuries at MSF's Saint Louis Hospital. Mirlanda's inspiring struggle for recovery is just one story from the many thousands of Haitians in the rehabilitation process.
In Sukkur, Sindh Province, as well as other areas in Pakistan, people displaced by the flooding that began at the end of July are still suffering. About 1,198 Pakistani MSF staff, with 135 international staff, have so far conducted more than 49,500 medical consultations and are distributing 1,250,400 liters (330,320 gallons) of clean water per day in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
Two weeks after floods hit areas of Pakistan, MSF has sent 110 tons of water-and-sanitation equipment, drugs, and medical and logistical material into the country. More supplies will follow according to the needs identified. More than 100 international staff are currently working alongside 1,200 Pakistanis in MSF programs in Pakistan.
This slideshow is narrated by an MSF communications officer, who also took the photographs during a two-week visit to Haiti in March, 2010. He accompanied MSF field staff on assessments of living conditions in makeshift camps where people had been living without basic assistance. A smaller version of this slideshow is available for embedding on blogs. Also available on YouTube.
This is the Clerge family, one of many families struggling to survive in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake devastated their lives as well as their homes. MSF continues to provide medical care at about 20 locations in and around Port-au-Prince.
Paul McMaster, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon, describes what he and his team have seen and done since they arrived in Port-au-Prince to bring emergency medical care to earthquake survivors on January 15.
More than 2,000 patients have been treated so far at MSF locations, and patients are pouring in. MSF teams are doing their best in terms of administering first aid, but surgery needs are huge. Major impediment have to do with blockages at the airport, challenges to moving people and freight quickly, and damage to pre-existing facilities.
Gonaïves the fourth largest city in Haiti was seriously affected by the hurricanes and tropical storms, which struck the island from mid August through early September. MSF was able to start operations soon after Tropical Storm Hanna ravaged the town and shortly before Hurricane Ike made landfall. More than a month and a half later, the situation remains difficult for the people of Gonaïves and basic needs still go unanswered.