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Field News | September 13, 2012
The MSF emergency response to an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda has come to an end.
Field News | August 1, 2012
Emergency Coordinator Dr. Olimpia de la Rosa discusses MSF's response to an Ebola outbreak in Kibaale district.
Press Release | July 31, 2012
MSF is helping to fight an outbreak of Ebola virus in western Uganda.
Field News | July 11, 2012
In Uganda, MSF is providing aid to more than 25,000 refugees who fled violence in North Kivu, DRC.
Special Report | April 19, 2012
MSF is convinced that the Ugandan government's focus should be on providing comprehensive, decentralized, and community-based care for TB.
Voice from the Field | July 4, 2011
Real stories of people living with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Today's feature from Swaziland: "I do get a lot of emotional support from my family, but financially we are struggling."
Field News | May 20, 2011
Large parts of the population of Kaabong suffer from violence and chronic neglect—70 percent cannot access health care.
Research Article | January 10, 2011
Research Article | November 15, 2010
Research Article | November 8, 2010
Research Article | October 6, 2010
Briefing Documents | April 23, 2010
Malaria infects 300 million people every year and kills up to one million people.
Research Article | July 13, 2009
Research Article | June 22, 2009
Field News | June 10, 2009
In the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in the south of neighboring Sudan, Ugandan rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been perpetrating acts of extreme violence on civilians in response to operations conducted against them by national armies of the DRC, Uganda, and southern Sudan.
Research Article | June 3, 2009
Alert Article | March 11, 2009
Some 900 people have been systematically murdered in a string of brutal attacks across northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the end of 2008. The attacks were carried out in the country’s Haut Uélé Province by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group active in Uganda and Sudan for over two decades.
Field News | January 27, 2009
Since October 2008, following the latest fighting between armed groups in North Kivu province, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been assisting refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Uganda border. At the Ishasha border crossing, the number of new arrivals has decreased significantly as the fighting in DRC eased.
Field News | January 23, 2009
Civilians are fleeing to Uganda to escape the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Refugees in Matanda camp, which serves as a transitory camp, just over the border in Ishasha, say they are afraid to go back, fearing violence, massacres, and forced conscription into the military or armed groups. The little news they receive from relatives who remain there reinforces their belief that it is not safe to return.
Voice from the Field | December 12, 2008
For the past several weeks Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been assessing the refugee situation at the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, more than 27,000 people have crossed the border with Uganda since the end of August. Monique Doux, Field Coordinator in Matanda Refugee camp, close to the border town of Ishasha, talks about the situation there.
Press Coverage | December 10, 2008
Hospitals receive help from volunteer organizations like Doctors Without Borders that provide medical staff.
Field News | December 4, 2008
For the past several weeks, MSF teams have been assessing the refugee situation at the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. An 11-person team (three doctors, four nurses and three logisticians) are now working in three different sites to offer assistance to the refugees.
Research Article | December 2, 2008
Field News | September 17, 2008
During one week in July, 410 new cases of Hepatitis E were diagnosed by MSF in Kitgum district, home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons.
Field News | July 21, 2008
MSF nurse Clara Delacre recently returned from northeastern Uganda, where she had been working in a nutritional program in Kaabong district, Karamoja region. Here, she talks about the program and about how MSF responds to malnutrition.
Field News | March 21, 2008
MSF has been responding to an outbreak of cholera in the Arua district of northwest Uganda since early January 2008. In the Oli neighborhood of Arua town, MSF is supporting a cholera treatment center (CTC) in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health. Medical staff at the Oli CTC have admitted up to 40 patients per day.
Field News | March 20, 2008
Voice from the Field | February 8, 2008
When fighting erupted between armed groups and government forces in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in August 2007, it forced an estimated 10,000 Congolese to flee for safety over the border into Uganda. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) helped set up a transit site in Nyakabanda, situated about 10 miles from the DRC border in Uganda’s Kisoro district. Nurse Laura Cobey arrived to be field coordinator for the MSF project in October, just as a renewed surge in fighting pushed another wave of Congolese to seek refuge in Nyakabanda. Cobey describes the quick opening of the site and conditions for the estimated 13,000 people who lived there until its December closing.
Research Article | February 8, 2008
Field News | January 23, 2008
Field News | January 9, 2008
Uganda is one of the African countries that boasts of being at the forefront in the fight against AIDS. The country has initiated the decentralization of HIV/AIDS care in a plan to get all Ugandans living with HIV on effective antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. However, in its field operations in Uganda, where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is working to deliver quality medical care and follow-up for people living with HIV/AIDS, they've come face to face with the flaws of this decentralization process.
Research Article | January 9, 2008
Research Article | January 1, 2008
Press Release | December 7, 2007
Kampala/Geneva, December 7, 2007 - On November 29, the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed a case of Ebola in the western region of the country. On December 1, after carrying out a rapid assessment, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) set up isolation units in the Kikyo health center and the Bundibugyo hospital.
Field News | December 4, 2007
Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus in samples collected in western Uganda, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the Ugandan Ministry of Health, a total of 64 suspected cases and 21 deaths have been reported in the villages of Kykyo and Bundibugyo. The first Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams arrived in Bundibugyo, the epicenter, on December 1.
Research Article | November 26, 2007
Research Article | November 7, 2007
Voice from the Field | June 3, 2007
Alison Wong was the pharmacist for the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) HIV/AIDS program at Arua Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda from September 2005 to October 2006. MSF began the program in 2001 to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to people in the region living with HIV. It has grown to include treatment for people co-infected with HIV and TB, and to establishing better decentralized care.
Research Article | May 1, 2007
Research Article | March 28, 2007
Research Article | March 1, 2007
Field News | February 28, 2007
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has completed a mass meningitis-vaccination campaign in two districts of the West Nile region of Uganda, supervising the vaccination of 291,000 people and assisting with the vaccination of 333,000 more.
Field News | February 15, 2007
Barely two months into Africa's dry season, there are several countries facing severe outbreaks of meningitis. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is already responding to epidemics in the Democratic Republic of Congo, southern Sudan, and northern Uganda.
Field News | February 14, 2007
Since the first cases of meningococcal meningitis A were confirmed in two districts of the West Nile region of northern Uganda in early January, MSF has been working closely with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce mortality, minimize the spread of the epidemic, and strengthen the epidemiological-surveillance system.
Field News | June 19, 2006
After nearly two decades of conflict between the government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), an estimated 90-95% of the population in northern Uganda now lives in overcrowded camps for displaced people, some within a kilometer of their homes. Many in the three most affected districts of Kitgum, Gulu, and Pader are so dependent on outside assistance for health care, water and sanitation services, and food.
"We should not assume that humanitarian assistance is the only option in northern Uganda," said Francois Delfosse, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) programs in Pader District's village of Patongo. "People rely on outside assistance because the government has not entirely met its responsibilities."
Field News | March 7, 2006
Every night, up to 7,000 children stream into the northern Ugandan town of Gulu to seek refuge from the conflict that simmers around them. Walking as far as 6 miles from displacement camps and the periphery of Gulu town, these children are the so-called night commuters, one of the most vivid symbols of the violence which continues to wrack the region.
Press Release | December 12, 2005
Kampala, New York December 12, 2005 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Interplast Holland have begun a reconstructive surgery program for civilians mutilated in the course of the conflict in northern Uganda. Many villagers have had lips, ears, noses or fingers cut off as part of the extensive violence directed at civilians in the region in recent years.
Press Release | November 23, 2005
Kampala, 23 November 2005 — Increasing insecurity, characterized by violent ambushes on civilian and humanitarian vehicles in the past weeks, will severely impact the already desperate situation of hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the civil conflict in northern Uganda, according to the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF calls upon all parties in the region to respect the freedom of movement of civilians and the independence and safety of humanitarian aid workers while ensuring their right to unhindered access to people in need of assistance. Assistance to displaced people living in northern Uganda has been woefully inadequate and will be reduced further if this insecurity persists, warns MSF. This issue must be urgently addressed.
Voice from the Field | February 10, 2005
Janthimala Price, a midwife from Australia, spent 20 months at the Arua Hospital AIDS Program in rural northwestern Uganda. The program was set up in July 2002 by the Arua Regional Referral Hospital Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to treat HIV/AIDS patients.
Press Release | November 8, 2004
Kampala, 8 November 2004 - Recent retrospective mortality surveys conducted by the international medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) highlight the immense suffering and the critical nature of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Northern Uganda. According to MSF, the severity of the crisis requires urgent action from the international community and aid organizations.
Voice from the Field | August 10, 2004
Robert Levin, MD, a family physician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, returned recently from a six-month mission in Lira, a town in northern Uganda, where he treated malnourished children admitted to a therapeutic feeding center operated by MSF.
Press Release | July 29, 2004
July 29, 2004, STEPHEN LEWIS, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa: I am honored to share this time with all of you. I've never been at such a celebration before. I've spent the last 3 years of my life traveling through Africa, observing the situation of HIV and AIDS, and I've never been at such a moment of triumph, and I congratulate you for it. It will obviously allow me to tell the world what is happening here in Arua. I'm especially happy to be here at the invitation of the Arua Regional Hospital, and Dr. Olaro, and, of course, colleagues from MSF. I am a Canadian. I have watched MSF in many parts of the world and in my own country. In my view, MSF is probably the most principled and impressive nongovernmental organization on the planet, and it is a pleasure they are here.
Voice from the Field | July 15, 2004
In Arua, MSF now provides medical care for nearly 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. In July 2004, MSF collected testimonies from patients undergoing treatment about their experiences living with HIV/AIDS before and since receiving treatment.
Field News | March 3, 2004
Up to 12,000 children, mostly 10 year olds but some as young as 2, walk several miles from villages and IDP camps surrounding this northern Ugandan town, hoping to find shelter for the night.
Press Release | March 1, 2004
March 1, 2004 - More than 550 people died and thousands were made homeless when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale ripped through Al Houceima, Morocco on February 24. The quake razed buildings as far 10 miles away. Repeated aftershocks have continued to affect both the city itself and outlying villages in the surrounding mountains.
Field News | February 23, 2004
Nearly 200 people were reportedly killed in a massacre this past Saturday in a camp for displaced people 15 miles outside of Lira, northern Uganda, that was home to nearly 4,800 Ugandans.
Press Release | February 6, 2004
Lira/New York, February 6, 2004 - A team from the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated more than 60 wounded yesterday after an attack Wednesday on Abiya, a camp for displaced people near the northern Ugandan town of Lira, in which 51 people were killed. The injured civilians were brought to the hospital in Lira a day after the attack, after spending the night hiding in the surrounding area.
Press Release | February 4, 2004
Kampala/New York, February 4, 2004 - Nearly 33,000 displaced people have sought refuge in Amuria, northern Uganda, since June 2003, according to the international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The group has launched an emergency assistance program in the area to provide medical care and supply water to families and health structures. The health needs are pronounced. Many children suffer from severe malnutrition, and people were dying at twice the rate of what is considered an emergency threshold.
Field News | January 19, 2004
The decade-long conflict between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is far from over. In the past several months, the fighting has been much more violent and has spread to new areas of the country, particularly the northern towns of Soroti, Gulu, and Lira.
Voice from the Field | December 31, 2003
This Fall, tens of thousands of people sought refuge in the town of Soroti when the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked villages in northeastern Uganda. Tonia Marquardt, MD, described the medical emergency, and how families have been torn apart, leaving many in anguish.
Press Release | October 19, 2000