The high number of Syrians registering as refugees at the Domeez camp, near the city of Dohuk in the Kurdish region of Iraq, has overstretched the camp's capacity. Domeez camp was established in April 2012 and was initially designed to host 1,000 families. The population in the camp has now risen above 35,000 people, however. Despite the efforts of the local authorities, the level of assistance is clearly insufficient, and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the needs of all the residents. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing thousands of medical consultations every day, has supplied families with water and hygiene kits, and is planning a measles vaccination campaign.
Following a recent malaria epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a measles outbreak has spread through some 20 health zones in the the country's Orientale Province. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed major logistical support to treat 16,000 patients and vaccinate close to 340,000 children in the affected regions.
The February 2013 Month In Focus features brief reports on the following Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) activities: aid imbalances in Syria; assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon; tending to victims of the conflict in Mali; measles epidemic in northeastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo; battling sleeping sickness in South Sudan; and improving access to healthcare in Afghanistan.
The January 2013 Month In Focus features brief reports on the following Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) activities: assisting destitute civilians in Syria; a positive report on treatment of tuberculosis; an international conference in New York on fatally neglected diseases; monitoring the situation in Yida refugee camp in South Sudan; and preventing a measles epidemic among displaced children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In response to a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga Province, MSF teams have initiated a vaccination campaign in partnership with the Ministry of Health that aims to vaccinate 1.2 million children in less than a month.
This short film gives an overview of MSF programs and the situation in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continued fighting and violence has lead to repeated population displacement. MSF carries out vaccination campaigns, works in the referral hospital in the ER, surgery and pediatric wards, and offers medical care for rape victims.