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.
MSF has been treating women with cholera who are in labor and in the late stages of pregnancy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, since November. Many of the women have lost their babies due to the effects of cholera.
MSF teams continue to see an increase in cases of suspected cholera across Haiti, from the Artibonite Region, where the outbreak originated, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and in areas of the far north. In this audio slideshow, MSF medical advisor Dr. David Olson says the deadly but easily treatable and preventable disease is likely to continue its scourge for months to come. Photos by Ron Haviv, Moises Saman, Jake Price, and Gregory Vandendaelen.
Responding to the widespread and massive needs for cholera treatment in Haiti is a daunting task. MSF continues to treat high numbers of patients in the Artibonite region, where the outbreak originated.