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Briefing Documents | October 5, 2011
This crisis could have been prevented but the major player involved, the Brazilian Ministry of Health, has shirked its responsibilities and is evidently unwilling to overcome the various challenges.
Briefing Documents | October 4, 2011
Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) and is transmitted mainly by insects called triatomines, also known as ‘assassin bugs’ or ‘kissing bugs’. It is endemic in 21 Latin American countries and cases have also been reported in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
Press Release | July 27, 2010
New York, July 27, 2010—Victims of the on-going conflict in Colombia not only suffer from the direct consequences of violence caused by the conflict but also from social and institutional stigma and neglect, according to a report released today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Special Report | July 23, 2010
A special MSF report documents armed conflict and mental health in the department of Caquetá,
Field News | May 14, 2010
MSF has integrated Chagas screening and treatment into the primary healthcare services offered by its mobile clinics in Colombia's Arauca region.
Voice from the Field | May 5, 2010
An interview with Melania Raga Bejarano, head nurse in the maternity ward of San Francisco Asis Hospital in Colombia’s Chocó department.
Field News | October 26, 2009
Armed conflict is intensifying across the Nariño Department, in the southwest of the country, where various armed groups are fighting for the land due to its strategic relevance, the presence of coca crops and economic interest. As a result of the fighting, 12,400 people have been displaced in Nariño in 2009 alone, according to official figures. Mostly, these people receive little or no care during the first days following their arrival.
Voice from the Field | July 21, 2009
"Internally displaced people in Colombia often describe themselves as being 'refugees for life'. On the one hand, this stigmatizes them. On the other, the conflict has penetrated deeply into the social fabric of society."
Voice from the Field | July 13, 2009
An MSF patient from Quibdo, Colombia, was 13 when she was raped by her neighbor two years ago. The difficult consequences have had a major impact on her life.
"The man lived next to us. We all shared a bathroom. I was home alone, and it was morning before I had to leave for school. I was washing and he saw me and came into the house. My little sister had damaged our TV plug so he told me to come in and watch his TV. So I came in with a chair, and as I was sitting down he came close to me, grabbed my arms and tried to make me sit on the bed."
Field News | March 27, 2009
Following recent displacement of families around Dubasa River, in the Chocó region of northwest Colombia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is bringing medical care and water and sanitation support to the population.
Special Report | March 4, 2009
In Colombia, few victims of sexual violence seek medical care immediately after being raped. Fear of stigmatization and safety concerns are some of the reasons that prevent them from doing so. MSF provides comprehensive health care for victims of rape and tries to reduce the barriers they face in accessing services.
Press Release | December 20, 2007
New York, December 20, 2007 — People struggling to survive violence, forced displacement, and disease in the Central African Republic (CAR), Somalia, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere often went underreported in the news this year and much of the past decade, according to the 10th annual list of the “Top Ten” Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories, released today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Special Report | December 18, 2007
Field News | October 29, 2007
Colombia is now in its fifth decade of conflict and more than three million people have been displaced by the violence fueled by the narcotics trade. People living in conflict zones where government military forces, paramilitary groups, and armed guerrillas from ELN and FARC fight for control are often cut off from basic health care services. A multi-media presentation illustrates how MSF provides medical and mental health care to uprooted families and isolated populations in Colombia's conflict zones.
Field News | July 2, 2007
In Colombia, more than three million people have been displaced by the violence fueled by the narcotics trade. People in conflict zones are often cut off from basic health care services and many have sought safety in the shantytowns springing up outside of Colombia's major cities. There, they endure appalling living conditions and limited access to care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) interim Head of Mission for Colombia Tony Tomasouw gives an update on the activities of MSF in the northern parts of Colombia.
Voice from the Field | July 1, 2007
Victor Garcia, former MSF Project coordinator in Norte de Santander department, Colombia
Press Release | January 9, 2007
New York, January 9, 2007 — The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the "Top Ten" Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006, according to the year-end list released today by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The ninth annual list also highlights the lack of media attention paid to the plight of people affected by the consequences of conflict in Haiti, Somalia, Colombia, Chechnya, and central India.
Special Report | December 31, 2006
Press Release | February 9, 2006
Amsterdam/Bogotá, February 9, 2006 - The two staff members of the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who were detained by an armed group in the northeast of Colombia have been released.
Press Release | February 9, 2006
Amsterdam/Bogotá, February 9, 2006 – Two staff members of the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been detained by an armed group in the northeast of Colombia. The staff members were part of a team exploring possibilities to expand health services to the population in Norte de Santander, a province isolated by violence.
Field News | June 27, 2005
Large numbers of people have been forced to Colombia's cities in search of new homes during the country's decades old civil war, and many of them now continue to live in cramped shacks on the outskirts of these cities with no electricity or clean drinking water.
Op-Eds & Articles | December 16, 2004
By Brigg Reilley, M.P.H., and Silvia Morote, M.D.
Field News | August 17, 2004
In Colombia, urban violence is the first cause of death for men between 14 and 44 years of age. In Cali, the third largest Colombian city, an incredible 1,225 assassinations were registered in the first six months of 2004.
Field News | November 11, 2003
Press Release | July 28, 2000
Field News | February 15, 1999
Field News | February 7, 1999
Field News | February 3, 1999
Press Release | January 27, 1999