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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.

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.

May 13, 2014

A survey in 2012 showed that one person in every four was HIV-positive in Ndhiwa. The epidemic continues to spread as every year sees two in 100 people becoming infected with the AIDS virus.

May 12, 2014

As war rages on, 90,000 South Sudanese people have fled their country and taken refuge in camps in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.

April 15, 2014

 

Twenty years ago, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team in Kigali saw the town descend into violence. These were the first days of what would go on to become known as genocide. Throughout their stay, the organization's humanitarian principles were often violated by the perpetrators of the genocide. This lead to the startling realization of the limits of humanitarian action. For the first and only time in its history, MSF made a public demand for armed intervention, pointing out a very simple truth: doctors can't stop genocide.

December 11, 2013

After 13 years in Malawi, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has shown that HIV patients can be successfully managed in a rural setting with limited staff by the decentralization of care and shifting of tasks to staff with less medical training. Today MSF and the ministry of health treats 35,000 patients in Chiradzulu district.

August 22, 2013

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing mental health care in a detention center in Sana'a, Yemen. Migrants have told counselors of horrific experiences with traffickers; many are trying to return home.

August 22, 2013

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is proving two local health centers in Chiradzulu district, Malawi, with machines that test the blood of HIV patients. The machines will allow health workers to see how effective treatment has been and to make decisions based on those results. Up to now only large regional facilities could provide results like this.

August 19, 2013

An in-depth interview on the decision by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to withdraw completely from Somalia. MSF General Director Arjan Hehenkamp speaks to Somali journalist Hamza Mohamed on August 14, 2013, the day MSF made the announcement that it would close all projects in that country.

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