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News for the Week of November 9, 1998
November 9, 1998
Hurricane Mitch Relief
MSF continues to provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America. An estimated 20,000 people have been killed and more than two million left homeless by the flooding that accompanied Hurricane Mitch. We have five emergency relief teams operating in Nicaragua, three in Honduras, three in Guatemala, and one in El Salvador. The teams are traveling to the hardest-hit regions of each country by helicopter, plane, and land cruiser to provide medical care, temporary shelter, food, and clean drinking water, to the victims and homeless.
Assisting the People of Kosovo
Access to medical care has improved since the implementation of the NATO agreement, but physicians in some regions of Kosovo continue to be afraid to reopen their clinics due to police presence. As the displaced people return to their homes and the need for mobile medical clinics decreases, MSF is turning its attention to rehabilitating the existing healthcare system. MSF is working with local doctors and health officials to provide medical and pharmaceutical support to the reconstruction of clinics and hospitals in the districts of Decani, Djakovica, Pec, Prizren, Srbica, and Vucitrn.
Panel Discusion on Mental Health
On Thursday, November 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, MSF will present a panel on "The Aftermath of War: a Legacy of Trauma" at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Speakers will be Kaz de Jong, Carol Etherington, and Winnifred Simon, with opening remarks by Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, President of St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
The event will be held in Conference Room B at Roosevelt Hospital, 1000 Tenth Avenue, New York City (between 58th and 59th Streets). All friends of MSF are welcome to attend.