Galcayo is located in south-central Somalia with a ‘green line’ that divides Galcayo South and Galcayo North between warring factions. Twenty years of violence have destroyed basic state services and the healthcare system. Women and children are particularly vulnerable, with one in 12 women dying during childbirth and one in seven children dying before his or her first birthday.
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.
Photographer Julie Remy documented life and MSF's work in the Dhaka slum of Kamrangirchar, a rapidly expanding settlement on the banks of a badly polluted river where health needs are significant and often go unmet.
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.
Photojournalist Ton Koene traveled to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in June 2010 to visit the MSF project in the capital, Lashkargah. Intense conflict in the province has left around one million people without access to the health care they need. Here, Koene documents how each member of the MSF team there is working to save lives and provide free medical care in Lashkargah.
On July 2, 2010, a fuel tanker crashed and exploded in Sange, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Up to 269 were killed and countless injured. MSF has been providing much-needed support at Uvira Hospital. Here, survivors talk about their traumatic experiences and what MSF's assistance has meant.
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.
Their reality is grim – the thousands of migrants and refugees existing on the margins in South Africa. They lack access to proper health care and shelter and face physical and verbal abuse, police harassment and xenophobic attacks. For these migrants, proper legal status is often difficult to obtain, if not impossible. Gangs prey on them when they cross the border into South Africa and in the derelict buildings where they find temporary housing. As a result, many face further threats living in dangerous conditions, particularly in Johannesburg. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing health care to these vulnerable people in Musina, a town on the border with Zimbabwe, and in Johannesburg.