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A retrospective mortality survey conducted by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) between March 26 and April 8, 2014, found that 8 percent (2,599 people) of the members of the families who took refuge in Sido, in southern Chad, died between November 2013 and April 2104, during a period of persecution targeting the Central African Republic’s (CAR) Muslim minority.

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An MSF special report illustrates the unrelenting humanitarian emergency that continues to plague eastern DRC.

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Ms. Valerie Amos
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
United Nations

Geneva, December 12, 2013

Dear Ms. Amos,

With this Open Letter, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wishes to express its deep concern about the unacceptable performance of the United Nations humanitarian system in the Central African Republic over the last year.

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CAR is once again struggling through a period of profound instability, and its population needs help. Most humanitarian organizations, however, have either left the country or reduced their presence because of the general insecurity and a spate of targeted attacks on international NGOs.

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While gains made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the past decade are encouraging, countries most affected by the pandemic continue to struggle to place enough people on treatment and implement the best science and strategies to fight the disease.

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The Central African Republic today finds itself in a state of chronic medical emergency, yet the commitment of the country's government and of the international community is going in the wrong direction.

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A new treatment has potential to make a difference in the fight against sleeping sickness. The fatal parasitic disease, which has ravaged Africa for decades, is causing thousands of deaths each year and has been spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with refugees and displaced, who are fleeing from conflict and do not have access to proper treatment.

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Falling through the Cracks: The Mounting Health Crisis amid Situations of Precarious Stability

Statement by Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director Médecins Sans Frontières

On behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), I would like to thank the President of the Economic and Social Council for the opportunity to speak on the important topic of “health challenges in post-crisis situations.”

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In the wake of a violent civil war, the district of Ituri in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has a population of 4.6 million, has and continues to be the scene of immense human suffering.

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