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October 14, 2014

 

Soon there will be 700 beds for treating Ebola patients in Monrovia. But medical staff are among the first victims, and in the Liberian capital, half of the health centers are shut and just one hospital is functioning. Many of the city’s inhabitants—pregnant women, children suffering from malnutrition or malaria, and road casualties—are without access to medical care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned with protecting health workers providing all kinds of medical care.

September 15, 2014

 

Four members of MSF—Chantal, Philippe, Richard and Romy—were abducted in North Kivu on July 11th 2013. One year on, Chantal managed to escape and is now safely back home with her family.

September 15, 2014

 

In a speech to the United Nations member states at the beginning of September, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International President Joanne Liu cited the failure of the current strategy for combatting Ebola. No organization is equipped to deal with for the explosion in the number of cases, the dozens of infected health workers, and collapse of the affected countries’ health systems.

September 15, 2014

 

A camp in a lake, a flooded hospital, and huts under water. With the onset of the rainy season, the tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Lietchuor, Ethiopia, are even more vulnerable. This was Lietchuor refugee camp at the end of August—a lake of half-submerged huts. Water stagnates on the flat, bare terrain, making the camp uninhabitable for the 36,000 refugees during the rainy season. The only dry area is alongside the road running through the camp.

September 15, 2014

 

Doctors working in refugee camps know all too well that epidemics spread rapidly in settings like these and that more emergency immunization campaigns are needed to prevent them. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wants to make pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), which can prevent deadly diseases, systematically available in emergency settings.

September 15, 2014

At MSF's treatment center in Foya, Liberia, its hard to believe 11-year-old Mamadee was an Ebola patient.

September 03, 2014

Dr. Joanne Liu briefed Member States at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

August 20, 2014

Escaping conflict or famine, scores of South Sudanese arrive daily in refugee camps in Ethiopia. Some of these people may be carrying the cholera bacterium which has ravaged South Sudan in the last few months. With the rains regularly flooding the camps and the lack of sanitation installations, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) fears the slightest outbreak of the disease, and teams have launched a preventative vaccination campaign in the camps and surrounding villages.

August 20, 2014

Sierra Leone has been hit the hardest with over 450 confirmed cases of Ebola at the beginning of August. In Kailahun, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running a 64 bed treatment center. Despite the lack of a cure for the virus, doctors are able to treat the symptoms of the disease: diarrhea, vomiting, and high fever. A psychologist is also working with patients and their families.

July 29, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 670 people and spread to four countries. Among those now infected are two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. Gwen Ifill interviews Dr. Estrella Lasry of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) about factors, including fear and hostility, that are hindering efforts to stop the outbreak.

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