More than 27,000 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa since fighting began in Tunisia and Libya earlier this year. When they arrive, often after fleeing for their lives, they face appalling conditions. MSF has called once again on the Italian government to provide humane conditions for people escaping violence and abuse.
Chronic violence and neglect in parts of northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region means 70 percent of the population has no access to any kind of health care. This affects women the most - maternal mortality rates here are 75 percent higher than the national average. MSF goals in Karamoja's Kaabong district are to strengthen government health services and to reach people who otherwise can't get to health facilities.
On the night of January 1, a large number of women were brutally raped by groups of armed, uniformed men in Fizi, a town in South Kivu Province, eastern DRC. By January 3, an MSF mobile team had provided medical care to 33 victims. But the area has become so tense, the team has not been able to return to Fizi since.