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10.30.2014

A survey of TB diagnostic and treatment practices in eight countries, October 2014.

Iraq experienced a dramatic surge in violence in 2014 that triggered successive large-scale waves of displacement. More than 2.6 million people are said to have fled war-torn the central and northern areas of Iraq, particularly Al-Anbar, Ninawa, Salah Al-Din, Kirkuk and Diyala governorates.

MSF briefing paper, December 2014

What began in 2011 in Syria as protests inspired by the Arab Spring has become an entrenched and bloody conflict that shows no sign of resolution. Today, with an estimated 200,000 people killed and 7.6 million people displaced within the country and 3.2 million refugees registered outside, Syria is seen as the world’s most grave humanitarian disaster. In the face of this crisis, the previously functioning health system has collapsed and scores of thousands of medical staff have fled.

June 02, 2016

In many contexts where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works, key populations (also referred to as most-at-risk populations) such as sex workers and men who have sex with men have a higher risk of contracting HIV and a lower ability to access antiretroviral care due to stigma, discrimination, and their high mobility.

May 31, 2016

More than one year after the first influx of refugees began, some 1,000 people fleeing political unrest in Burundi continue to cross the border each week to Tanzania. They join thousands of others living in overcrowded and ever-expanding refugee camps. Two of the three existing sites—Nyarugusu and Nduta—have already swelled to capacity. A third camp, Mtendeli, is now receiving refugees transferred from the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp, as well as newly arrived refugees from the border areas. There are now approximately 140,000 Burundians living in Tanzania.

May 31, 2016

More than one year after the first influx of refugees began, some 1,000 people fleeing political unrest in Burundi continue to cross the border each week to Tanzania. They join thousands of others living in overcrowded and ever-expanding refugee camps. Two of the three existing sites—Nyarugusu and Nduta—have already swelled to capacity. A third camp, Mtendeli, is now receiving refugees transferred from the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp, as well as newly arrived refugees from the border areas. There are now approximately 140,000 Burundians living in Tanzania.

May 27, 2016

Mandera County, in northeastern Kenya, is the latest to be affected by an ongoing cholera outbreak that has been spreading throughout the country for the past 17 months. Since April 2016, almost 800 cases have been reported in Mandera, including 11 deaths. The outbreak is concentrated in Mandera Township, home to around 90,000 people.

May 13, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people cannot be punished for the actions of a few.

May 12, 2016

The World Health Organization has just recommended that countries move toward shorter treatment regimens for some people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), including people co-infected with HIV, children, and people with simple MDR-TB who have not been treated before or and have no known resistance to any of the drugs in the regimen. This recommendation comes following results from a number of large observation cohort studies using the shortened regimen.

May 06, 2016

In response to a statement by the Kenyan government that it intends to close its camps sheltering hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued the following statement from Liesbeth Aelbrecht, MSF head of mission in Kenya:

April 24, 2016

Valletta, Malta, April 24, 2016 — The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) resumed  search, rescue, and medical aid operations in the central Mediterranean Sea, conducting its first operation of 2016 this weekend.

On April 23, the MSF vessel Dignity 1 accepted a transfer of 308 rescued people (205 men, 80 women, 23 children), mainly Eritrean, from an Italian rescue boat. The Dignity 1 is now on its way to Sicily where the 308 people will disembark on Monday.

April 08, 2016

New York/Lusaka, Zambia—The largest cholera vaccination campaign ever began today in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. International medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in close collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to vaccinate more than half a million people in the next two weeks to curb the outbreak that began in February in the city’s overcrowded township areas.

March 21, 2016

Medical Team Leader Katy Brown returned from Tanzania in February. It was her eleventh emergency placement with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), this time assisting refugees who have fled the unrest in Burundi. 

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