Ousmane 10, receives fluids through an IV at Donka Cholera Treatment Center in Conakry, Guinea, Aug. 18, 2012. Ousmane arrived at the treatement center the day before, severely dehydrated from cholera.
Guinea is currently struggling to contain a cholera outbreak, which has affected over 3,300 people throughout the country and 2,250 in Conakry and claimed at least 80 lives in the capital, according to the Ministry of Health. MSF team works in extremely impoverished areas of the densely-populated capital, where proper systems for drainage and waste disposal are almost non-existent. As of 20 August 2012, MSF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is already running cholera treatment centres and rehydration points in the city, and has treated almost 2800 patients.