Des voitures de sensibilisation parcourent différents quartiers de la ville de Juba. Un mégaphone diffuse un message en arabe et en anglais appelant la population âgée de deux à trente ans à venir se faire vacciner gratuitement. L'information a déjà été diffusée par le journal, la radio et la télévision locale. Cette année l'épidémie de méningite a débuté tôt dans la saison, dès le mois de janvier, et s'est étendue progressivement dans huit des dix Etats que compte le Sud-Soudan. Les équipes se déplacent en fonction des cas, elles « suivent \310 l'épidémie en se basant sur des évaluations menées par MSF pour identifier les zones prioritaires. En plus d'une épidémie de méningite importante, il y a cette année une augmentation des cas de choléra avant même la fin de la saison sèche.
Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.
In Sierra Leone, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs two Ebola Case Management Centers (CMCs)—one in Bo and another in Kailahun—with over 1,400 staff. The Kailahun Ebola Case Management Center was opened on June 26, 2014. To date, MSF teams have admitted more than 600 patients with confirmed Ebola, of whom 292 have recovered. Here, staff members at the CMCs discuss their experiences.
On Monday, October 20, medical doctor and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field worker Silje Lehne Michalsen was discharged from Oslo University Hospital, Ulleval. She was treated for Ebola hemorrhagic fever after having contracted the disease in Sierra Leone in early October.
Michalsen is now fully recovered and no longer contagious.
Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has admitted more than 4,500 patients to its treatment centers. Among these, more than 2,700 were confirmed as having Ebola.
Amidst all the loss and suffering, there are several stories of survival. Today, out of all the patients cared for in MSF’s projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, we celebrate the 1,000th survivor.
Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.
What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?
Salome Karwah thought her life was over when she tested positive for Ebola. But after recovering at MSF's Elwa 3 Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, she began working as a mental health counselor there, helping others to fight the virus.
Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter is a 31-year-old psychologist from Trondheim, Norway. She recently spent one month working in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola response in Monrovia. Here, she discusses her experience.
Liberia is divided by an orange double fence. We built it to keep the sickness at bay. We built it to separate us (the healthy, the privileged) from them (the sick, the needy). We built it to feel less mortal. We built it for the noble purpose of barrier nursing.