Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in more than 60 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

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November 01, 2017

The spread of hepatitis E in Niger’s Diffa region has slowed since Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) first began detecting and treating cases in early 2017, and the subsequent declaration of the outbreak by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in mid-April. Through a combination of active case finding, quicker diagnoses, a medical protocol, and working with the community through a network of volunteers, the case fatality rate has fallen.

August 11, 2017

A hepatitis E outbreak originating in Niger has spread to northeastern Nigeria, affecting hundreds of people in Ngala camp for internally displaced people. The highly contagious disease has spread quickly through the camp due to poor living conditions and flooding.

Niger hepatitis E
June 21, 2017

Two months after the declaration of a hepatitis E outbreak in Niger’s Diffa region, the humanitarian response is still lacking due to insufficient resources and coordination between actors. The outbreak is taking a heavy toll on some of the area’s most vulnerable people, especially pregnant women and refugees and internally displaced people who fled conflict between Boko Haram and armies in the region.

Damaturu, Nigeria, Yobe, meningitis C, meningitis belt, vaccination
June 01, 2017

Nigeria and Niger are once again facing severe outbreaks of meningitis C. Both countries are part of Africa's "meningitis belt," a region stretching across the continent from Senegal to Ethiopia that is particularly affected by the disease during the annual dry season. Though outbreaks of meningitis are frequent in this area, slow reactions and shortages of vaccines often hamper responses. From December 13, 2016, to May 14, 2017, 13,943 suspected cases and 1,112 deaths from meningitis were reported in 24 states in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

Niger Boko Haram Lake Chad internally displaced
May 10, 2017

For more than three years, ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the armies in the Lake Chad region has taken a heavy toll on civilian populations. Many have fled their homes and left everything behind to find refuge in other villages and eventually across borders. Authorities report that there are now more than 240,000 displaced people in southeastern Niger’s Diffa region, bordered by Chad and Nigeria. The majority of them were driven from home by violence.

November 09, 2016

After a significant decline of malaria cases over the last three years in Niger, there has been an alarming resurgence of the disease this summer. This has called into question the prevention efforts implemented since the last malaria peak in 2012.

July 19, 2016

For over a year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided assistance to displaced people living in remote areas in the north of Niger's Diffa region for over a year, far from humanitarian aid. According to official sources, more than 280,000 people displaced by violence linked to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, better known as Boko Haram, are now in Diffa, in southeastern Niger.

June 20, 2016

The attacks that occurred on June 3, 2016 in Bosso, a town in Niger's Diffa region, forced tens of thousands of people to take to the road. For many, it was the second time they had been displaced by violence related to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram.

June 08, 2016

On June 3, the town of Bosso, in Niger’s Diffa region was attacked by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram. The raid, during which dozens of soldiers were reportedly killed, was one of the deadliest ever in the region. And it forced tens of thousands of people—including most of the population of Bosso and the neighboring towns of Yébi and Toumour—to flee.

The majority of these newly displaced people had already been displaced by violence previously; Bosso and surrounding areas were supposed to be a sanctuary.

May 25, 2016

At least six people were killed and eight more were severely injured on Thursday, May 19, in an attack on Yebi village, in Bosso District, where thousands of people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area have taken refuge. According to Nigerien authorities, the attack was carried out by the group known as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also called Boko Haram.

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