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News for the Week of July 28, 1997
July 28, 1997
MSF Aids Poland Flood Victims
On July 28, MSF sent 15 metric tons of medical material by truck to Wroclaw, Poland's fourth largest city, where the population is suffering from Europe's largest natural disaster in generations. Thus far, 17,000 people having been evacuated, and 100 have been killed in the floods. Hospitals are able to treat only emergencies due to short supplies, and 4 of Wroclaw's 12 hospitals have been evacuated and closed. According to Wayne Ulrich of MSF's emergency team, most X-ray machines and other equipment that was kept on the hospitals' first floors have been destroyed. To help the health system cope with immediate needs, MSF is supplying dressing material, surgical gloves, sutures, needles, syringes, disinfectants, catheters, soap, and jerry cans.
Fighting in Kabul, Afghanistan
As fighting in Afghanistan nears the capital, Kabul, some of MSF international medical workers are planning to leave the city. A five-person team will stay and continue its work supporting the seven clinics in the town and its surroundings and the Indira Gandhi Hospital. The team is continuing to monitor the situation. An emergency stock of medical supplies is ready in Kabul, should fighting spread.
Congo-Brazzaville Teams Support Health Structures in Congo Republic
There are currently three three-person MSF teams working in the area of Congo-Brazzaville. One team, based 13 km north of Brazzaville has re- established the water supply in Bilolo camp north of Brazzaville; one is working south of Brazzaville with internally displaced persons and supporting health structures; and one team is working across the border in Kinshasa Zaire.
Most of MSF teams in Cambodia are back working in their missions following the coup d'etat earlier this month. The tuberculosis program in Phnom Pehn and Kompong Cham is dealing with a cut-off in shipments of medicine due to fighting.