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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.

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The town of Burco (also written as 'Burao'), in Somaliland, has the largest public hospital in the area and serves at least 350,000 people. Last year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams joined Ministry of Health staff at this eight-ward hospital to start providing high-quality, free medical services. Now, Somali staff work alongside MSF staff from as far away as China and Norway so that patients with medical emergencies receive quality health care. Trained surgeons are available 24 hours a day at Burco Hospital, whether for trauma or obstetric operations. Many patients choose to visit local healers before coming to the hospital, which can cause dangerous delays or even additional medical problems.

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The town of Burco (also written as 'Burao'), in Somaliland, has the largest public hospital in the area and serves at least 350,000 people. Last year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams joined Ministry of Health staff at this eight-ward hospital to start providing high-quality, free medical services. Now, Somali staff work alongside MSF staff from as far away as China and Denmark so that patients with medical emergencies receive quality health care. The hospital's emergency room is the point of entry for many patients. More than 4,500 people were seen there during the first nine months of 2012. This first video in a series of three looks at the emergency room.

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in Syria in cooperation with an association of Syrian doctors, the UOSSM, since June.

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In August 2011, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a 70-bed emergency trauma center in Kunduz, a city of 250,000 people in the north of Afghanistan. It's the only hospital of its kind in the region, and, like all MSF hospitals, no guns are allowed, and treatment is free. Patients arrive here every day, and with a variety of injuries.

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Conflict has been underway since 2004 in northern Yemen between a rebel group and government forces. War breaks out every year, but tensions persist even when there is no open fighting.

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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.

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Photographer Cédric Gerbehaye visited the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu province, where MSF supports the hospital, runs a nutritional program for malnourished children, and delivers assistance to displaced and resident populations. In this audio slideshow, he speaks about his experiences in the region.

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Providing Surgical Care to Victims of Violence in Southern Nigeria

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In North Kivu province, intense fighting has triggered massive population displacements. MSF has increased its operations, but access is severely hampered due to insecurity.

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