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.

June 01, 2017

For yet another year, Nigeria and Niger are 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. 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.

meningitis, Nigeria, vaccine, Sokoto Mutalah Mohamad Hospital
May 31, 2017

Since February, MSF's Nigeria Emergency Response Unit (NERU) has been helping the Nigerian Ministry of Health respond to an increased outbreak of meningitis in the country's Sokoto and Zamfara states. NERU Project Coordinator Bart Bardock spoke about the challenges facing MSF units attempting to mitigate the outbreak.

May 19, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed several emergency teams to Niger to contain a meningitis outbreak that has killed 179 people since the beginning of the year. Working closely with Niger’s Ministry of Public Health, MSF teams have vaccinated more than 358,800 people in the most affected areas while continuing to monitor at-risk areas and provide medical care to those affected by the disease. So far, the number of meningitis cases recorded across Niger this year has almost doubled compared to 2016 during the same period.

Nigeria Meningitis C Outbreak
May 09, 2017

Thousands of men, women, and children in northern Nigeria have been affected by a meningitis C outbreak, reportedly the largest to hit the country in the past nine years. Almost six months after the first cases were recorded in Zamfara State, Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (MoH) is still struggling to fight this epidemic in seven states of the country.

August 25, 2016

Dr. Erlend Grønningen from Trondheim, Norway is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supervising medical doctor at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, capital of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Dr Gronningen arrived in Afghanistan in April, 2016, and primarily focuses on internal medicine, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). This is his second assignment with MSF, having worked in South Sudan in 2014.

May 05, 2016

Since the beginning of 2016, an outbreak of meningitis C has hit every region of Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams have been working with the Nigerien Ministry of Health (MoH) to contain the epidemic since January. The number of weekly cases is now decreasing, but there are insufficient stocks of vaccine available to protect those at risk in the event of another outbreak.

January 25, 2016

Five diseases with the potential to become epidemics in 2016 are being highlighted by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as the World Health Organization’s executive board meets in Geneva this week.

May 21, 2015

A meningitis epidemic sweeping across Niger has already infected more than 6,500 people and claimed 443 lives, according to authorities. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Clément Van Galen, currently in Niamey, Niger, reports on MSF’s emergency response.

May 21, 2015

A meningitis epidemic is sweeping across Niger and has already infected more than 6,500 people and claimed 443 lives, according to health authorities. The illness is simple to treat but the patient must receive immediate care.

May 11, 2015

A meningitis epidemic has beeng spreading across Niger since January, affecting 5,273 people and killing 352. MSF is working in collaboration with Niger’s Ministry of Health to provide almost 430 beds and free medical care for patients.

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