PRESS RELEASE: Intense shelling and aerial assaults in northern and central Iraq have hit hospitals and other medical facilities, some supported by MSF, depriving civilians of much needed medical care.
MSF's emergency team in South Kivu was immediately activated after receiving an alert on 2nd December from the Provincial General Hospital of South Kivu in Bukavu: the previous day, 30 people had been admitted to the cholera treatment centre, one of which had already died.
Following several fatal episodes of inter-communal violence last week in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), MSF medical teams treated more than 200 people at the community hospital and at the Castor Health Centre; 90 of the patients required life-saving surgeries.
Professor Paul McMaster, surgeon and president of MSF UK, spent a month in South Sudan at the peak of the crisis. This is a personal account of his time there.
MSF is relieved that the President of Uganda, H E Yoweri Museveni, has rejected the “anti-homosexuality” bill that was passed on 20th December 2013 by Ugandan Parliament. But MSF believes this decision does not go far enough and asks the Ugandan authorities to repeal existing laws that discriminate against sexual minorities.
Every day, more than 1,000 South Sudanese refugees are fleeing the fighting in their home country, crossing into Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, where emergency teams from MSF are providing medical and humanitarian aid.
PRESS RELEASE: MSF has taken another bold step, becoming the first humanitarian organisation to commit to a policy of sharing its medical data, for the purposes of public health research.
Côme Niyomgabo, a 40-year-old Burundian, has recently finished his nine-month mission coordinating the MSF project to reduce child mortality in Bouza, in the Tahoua region in Niger. Here he shares with us his experience.
Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, has been in the grip of violence for weeks but most of the city’s hospitals are no longer functioning. MSF project coordinator Jessie Gaffric describes the situation.