When she saw that her two-year-old daughter was ill, Nyota's mother brought her to the MSF clinic in Nyasi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she was diagnosed with and treated for malaria. Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in DRC. Last year, MSF treated half a million people in DRC suffering from the deadly disease. Read more at www.doctorswithoutborders.org and follow MSF's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Twitter @MSFCongo
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.
For over two months, on foot, by car, and in dug-out canoes, three Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams scoured the tropical forest of the Republic of Congo to reach the Aka Pygmies, a marginalized people with no access to health care.
The M23 rebels' advance on Goma left hundreds of casualties and hundreds of thousands of displaced people in its wake. In addition to its activities in several large hospitals, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up mobile clinics inside the camp and continues consultations at the health center.