April 1, 2011
Ivory Coast 2011 © Chibuzo Okanta/MSF
Henry Gray is a field coordinator with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He gave this report by phone while in lock-down due to security issues.
Philippines 2010 © MSF
We heard about a woman in one area just the other day who had complications when she was giving birth, but the people attending to her couldn’t do anything. The army had blocked the bridges so they couldn’t get to a hospital in the south, and there was too much fighting going on, anyway. You get in a car to try and take somebody to a hospital and, more likely than not, you won’t be coming back. So it’s a bad situation, and the population is suffering because they can’t access basic medical care.
We’ve been in lock-down here at the office for 24 hours. The other MSF teams in the city are also finding it difficult to move. But one group is in Abobo Sud Hospital on the other side of the city—this is the only hospital still working in that area of over one million residents. They saw 60 patients in the emergency department yesterday alone—50 of whom had gunshot wounds.
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