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.
Staff at a newly established hospital in Carrefour, in the southwest of the city, treated hundreds of patients on its first day of operation, while staff in other facilities continued to work around the clock. MSF teams also began conducting assessments of areas outside the capital that were hit hard by the earthquake.
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.
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.