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.
After five years working in the maternity ward of the only hospital of its kind in Choco department, Colombia, MSF is handing over the ward to the hospital. MSF succeeded in increasing the quality and volume of activities and reducing maternal mortality. There is a commitment from the hospital to continue with the services MSF has implemented.
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.