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More actors and funding urgently needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease for which no treatment exists

A measles epidemic officially declared on June 10 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed 2,758 people and infected 145,000, the deadliest outbreak that the country has witnessed since 2011. Despite the scale of the epidemic, there is an alarming lack of actors and funds to respond to this crisis: $2.5 million of the…

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Libya: Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) reaction to the deadly airstrikes on Tajoura Detention Centre

Prince Alfani, MSF Medical Coordinator, reacts to the airstrike that caused several deaths in the detention centre of Tajoura

By Prince Alfani, MSF Medical Coordinator for Libya “Last night’s airstrike on Tajoura detention centre, which is reported to have killed dozens of migrants and refugees, is a horrific tragedy that could have easily avoided. There were over 600 vulnerable men, women and children in trapped in Tajoura detention centre…

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Urgent humanitarian response needed to unprecedented crises in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is supporting the local ministry of health to provide medical care and respond to the most acute needs of the displaced in Drodro, Nizzi and Bunia

Multiple humanitarian crises are unfolding in Ituri province, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and hundreds of thousands of people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The recent upsurge in violence across the regions of Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu have forced…

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“Healthwise, it was a disaster” – MSF team finds catastrophic medical situation in Libya’s Zintan and Gharyan detention centres

Hundreds of people in need of international protection and registered with UNHCR as asylum seekers or refugees have been left stranded

MSF staff who were recently granted access to two detention centres in Libya found a catastrophic medical situation amongst the people detained there. The situation in Zintan and Gharyan detention centres, located south of Tripoli in the Nafusa Mountains, is consistent with reports, later confirmed by UN agencies, that at…

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Ebola update: In DR Congo, the outbreak continues to worsen while mistrust and violence show no signs of abating

After ten months into the outbreak, the number of Ebola cases continues to increase

The high level of insecurity and the lack of trust in the Ebola response continue to discourage the population from seeking care in Ebola treatment centres, resulting in an increased likelihood of the virus spreading across the general & traditional healthcare system. While the number of new cases being reported…

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South Sudan: New MSF hospital in Ulang assists people affected by violence and neglect

MSF has put in place a referral system, with patients mainly transported by speedboat along the Sobat river from outlying health centres to Ulang hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has started a stable project in the northeastern town of Ulang, close to the Ethiopian border in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region, to address the needs of people living in a remote and neglected area who have been affected by years of war and…

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Chad: “The measles epidemic declared in May 2018 is still not under control”

MSF emergency team vaccinates 107,000 children against measles and steps up its medical response as year-long outbreak steps up in intensity

Parts of Chad, including the capital N’Djamena and the city of Am Timan, are in the throes of a measles outbreak that has lasted for a year and is rising in intensity. To help bring it under control, an emergency team from international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders…

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Mozambique: MSF strengthens its emergency response to Hurricane Kenneth

MSF started Water and Sanitation (WASH) activities in February 2019 in Pemba, the Capital of the Province, and therefore already has a small team present

Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern coast of Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique on Thursday evening last week. Several towns and communities are heavily damaged. Rains are still continuing, and there are large areas that are flooded, or are at risk of flooding. MSF started Water and Sanitation (WASH) activities in…

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Ethiopia: MSF launches an emergency response in Gedeo as displacement crisis leads to alarming malnutrition rates

MSF teams are now supporting the Regional Health Bureau with a focus on nutrition

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has launched an emergency response in the Gedeo area of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), and is calling on humanitarian agencies in Ethiopia to urgently scale up their support for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the numerous camps in…

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Update: Emergency response to cholera in Mozambique

There are serious medical and public health concerns with the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases, skin infections and respiratory tract infections

The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working to support the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to address ongoing outbreaks of cholera in Beira, Nhamatanda district and Dondo, with teams treating over 100 patients suspected as suffering from cholera every day. There are serious medical and public health concerns with the spread…