Post-Election Violence in Kenya
Field News | April 15, 2008
Since political parties have reached a power-sharing deal and the security situation has improved in many parts of the country, MSF teams plan to phase out activities in some locations. However, as the rainy season is starting, and thousands are still living in displaced-persons’camps, MSF medical and logistical staff will continue to assist those affected by the violence while also providing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and kala azar treatment and care at long-running projects.
Field News | February 28, 2008
Even as a political settlement was reached in Kenya, MSF teams continued to provide medical care in Nairobi, Nyanza, Rift Valley, and Western provinces. Many areas of Kenya remain tense: in Nairobi, MSF has adapted their long-running HIV/AIDS projects to also provide care for victims of violence; in western Kenya, MSF is responding to people’s needs by working in internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps and supporting health centers and hospitals. Meanwhile, mobile medical teams travel to rural areas every week to provide care to the many hundreds of Kenyans who are trapped there with little or no aid.
Field News | February 6, 2008
Over a month after Kenya's disputed election, the repercussions continue to be felt throughout the country. According to the Kenyan Red Cross, more than 1,000 people are thought to have been killed and 300,000 displaced. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has worked in Kenya since 1992, flew in emergency staff to help respond to the crisis.
Field News | February 1, 2008
On January 25, an MSF mobile team had been out for ten minutes when they had to return to base, due to fighting and rioting in the streets. Later that day, the team was able to get to the hospital and found that 116 people needed surgical care.
Field News | January 23, 2008
In response to the violence that has hit Nairobi in the last few days, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care to wounded people in health centers as well as in referral hospitals. Filipe Ribeiro and Rémi Carrier respectively run MSF's activities in Mathare and Kibera. They speak about the last few days of violence in Nairobi.
Field News | January 22, 2008
As protests continue throughout Kenya, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams respond to the additional needs created by the violence of recent weeks. In Nairobi, where MSF has provided HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) care in the slums for over 10 years, medical teams have set up extra clinics and first-aid posts in order to assist any people wounded during the protests. MSF teams in Busia and Homa Bay are continuing to provide HIV/AIDS care and are assisting displaced people. In other parts of western Kenya, emergency teams that arrived in the country to help deal with the increased needs continue to provide assistance to the thousands of people who have been affected by the violence.
Voice from the Field | January 18, 2008
In early January, Dr. Gary Myers, a surgeon from Oklahoma, from dispatched to Eldoret, in western Kenya, to support the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team responding to post-election violence. He describes his experience working in the surgical department of Eldoret Hospital.
Field News | January 18, 2008
Between January 16 and January 18, MSF medical teams have treated 34 wounded in the Kibera and Mathare slums of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where the organization runs HIV/AIDS and TB treatment programs. Additional MSF teams are working in western Kenya, responding to the needs of displaced people in the wake of the country's post-election violence.
Field News | January 11, 2008
On January 2, an MSF team of one nurse and one logistician went to Eldoret, a Kenyan town 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital, Nairobi. In the wake of the violence that erupted after elections in December, the town was faced with a large influx of displaced people, which led Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to begin an emergency intervention. Today, the situation has calmed down, but the poorest displaced people wonder what their future holds now.
Field News | January 11, 2008
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in Eldoret, a town about 155 miles northwest of Nairobi, where thousands of people have congregated to escape the violence following the December elections. Many of them now have no homes to go back to and are need of medical assistance and the most basic household items.
Field News | January 9, 2008
Eight additional MSF international staff have arrived in Kenya to help assess and respond to the needs created by the violence and insecurity that have rocked the country since December 29. As well as continuing to provide HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) care in projects in Nairobi and western Kenya, MSF is helping thousands of people who have been displaced during the violence of the last few days.