This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
From January to September, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) worked in Conakry, Coyah, Dubreka, and Forécariah, treating 359 Ebola survivors and 282 health professionals for medical complications. MSF also provided medical and psychological care to 354 people indirectly affected by the Ebola epidemic, such as family members of the victims. In addition, over 18,000 people benefited from information sessions designed to reduce the stigma affecting Ebola survivors. The closure of the survivor project in September marked the end of MSF’s direct involvement in Ebola-related medical activities.
In November, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), MSF opened a 31-bed center in Donka Hospital to treat people suffering from advanced HIV. The Donka center offers free high-quality care to patients with HIV-related diseases such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and cryptococcal meningitis. It also conducts operational research and provides hands-on medical training.
At the end of 2016, MSF was providing medical care for 9,856 people living with HIV, including drugs for opportunistic infections, laboratory tests, and psychosocial support. MSF gradually handed over the provision of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to a large patient cohort to the national health ministry, and by the end of 2016, was providing first-line ARVs to 2,573 patients in Conakry. MSF also provided hands-on training and mentoring for health staff, drugs for opportunistic infections, and socioeconomic support for 9,856 HIV patients in six MoH centers across Conakry.
February 12, 2015
Since the Ebola outbreak began in March in Guinea, it has claimed 9,152 lives (as of February 12th). The outbreak has spread beyond Guinea and has affected a total of four countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Following the decrease of new Ebola cases during the first four weeks of 2015, numbers in Conakry rose again, from nine confirmed cases on January 30 to 18 confirmed cases as of February 10. Moreover, with many of the country’s prefectures considered as “active,” the epidemic is still geographically spread out. New chains of transmission have been reported in areas previously considered as Ebola-free. MSF deployed rapid response teams that are able to quickly identify, investigate, and follow new cases and contacts, as well as quickly setting up isolation units within existing health structures. The number of unreported community death and unsafe burials remains concerning, especially in Conakry. Outreach activities, active surveillance, social mobilization, and training are ongoing in all projects.