- About Us
- Our Work
- Work With MSF
- Public Events
- Press Room
News for the Week of November 16, 1998
November 16, 1998
Hurricane Mitch Relief
Supporting Health Clinics in Tajikistan
MSF is resuming its health programs in the Karategin valley of eastern Tajikistan. Last summer, all international aid organizations in the area suspended their operations after four UN observers were murdered. The organizations have now received security guarantees from four commanders of the United Tadjik Opposition (UTO). An MSF team will supply medicines to 135 health posts in the Karategin valley and hopes to complete distribution before winter closes in.
Caring for Mothers and Children in Afghanistan
An MSF team in Kandahar, Afghanistan, is setting up a coordination center for mother and child healthcare. In keeping with Taliban laws, the clinic will be staffed by women only. The center will assist the Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS) - an Afghan non-governmental organization - in supporting and training female staff in clinics in rural areas of Kandahar and Oruzgan provinces. In Afghanistan, 17 out of 1,000 women die during or shortly after childbirth, one of the highest maternal mortality figures in the world. The MSF program will concentrate its efforts on training and supporting traditional birth attendants. In addition, MSF has recently opened a mother and child health clinic in Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan, with the full support of the local Taliban authorities.
Fighting an Outbreak of Shigellosis in Kenya
An MSF team has been deployed to the Sanburu (Rift Valley) region of Kenya to combat an outbreak of shigellosis (a contagious form of severe diarrhea that, left untreated, has a potential mortality rate of 5-30%). In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, MSF has opened a treatment center in Barsaloi to treat those afflicted with the illness and assess the effectiveness of current treatments. In addition, two mobile teams will be carrying out a survey of the number of cases in the region and refering those afflicted to the treatment center
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.