Scientific Day Agenda
Robin Meldrum
An MSF logistician washes his hands in chlorine solution at the entrance to MSF\'s CTC in Mbandaka.
A cholera epidemic has spread more than 1,000km from Kisangani down the Congo river to the outskirts of Kinshasa, causing major outbreaks in several towns along the way including Bolobo in Bandundu Province and Mbandaka in Equateur Province where MSF\'s Emergency Team (PUC - Pool d\'Urgence Congo) has managed the medical aspects of the response. At the time of writing (18 July 2011) the CTC in Mbandaka is receiving around 20 patients a day and the PUC is evaluating the need for an emergency response in Kinshasa and several other towns along the Congo river.