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In the wake of the devastating typhoon which hit the Philippines on Friday, emergency teams from the international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are trying to reach the worst affected areas. Efforts to reach the city of Tacloban in Leyte Province are being complicated by roads blocked with debris, as well as strong winds and torrential rain, which has resulted in many flights...
Interview with Dr Natasha Reyes, MSF’s emergency coordinator in the Philippines   “Right now we’re operating in a relative black hole of information. We know from the very little we can see that the situation is terrible. But it’s what we don’t see that’s the most worrying. The reports we’re receiving from Tacloban are that the entire city of 400,000 people has...
Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) been in Cebu, Philippines since Saturday 9th November. Photo: Erik de Castro/Reuters, Courtesy Trust.org MSF is strengthening its team with an additional 50 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the next few days. The teams are expecting to treat many people...
MSF still without authorisation to enter earthquake-affected Awaran area, Balochistan It has been eleven days since the first of two severe earthquakes hit the Awaran area of Balochistan province, Pakistan. Despite daily discussions with the Government of Pakistan, MSF has not yet been granted permission to work in the affected area. “Since the first earthquake struck on 24 September, MSF...
In the first hours following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake which hit Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on 7 November, MSF sent an emergency team to assess the medical and humanitarian needs of the population. Following the second earthquake on 11 November, the team continues to monitor potential health needs which may not be covered by local institutions in the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango...
MSF South Africa recruit, Marilize Ackerman (33), recently returned home after working in Haiti for eight months with MSF as a Human Resources and Finance Manager. She worked on two MSF hospital projects in the island nation’s capital Port-au-Prince. Here she gives a glimpse into life in Haiti two years after the earthquake.   “Most of my mission was spent at Choscal Hospital in the heart...
Two years after the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, nearly 500,000 displaced Haitians are still living in extremely precarious conditions. MSF is still working to contain the cholera epidemic and to provide emergency medical care. Access to free care in Haiti remains indeed virtually non-existent for people who live in precarious conditions, those who are far from urban centers or...
Two years after the earthquake, the health care system in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas is still in disarray. Most Haitians still lack proper access to emergency care. December 2010. Two weeks after the opening of the cholera treatment centre in Cap Haitien Gymnasium, the sensitisation team has moved from 6 members to more than 40 community health...
Since the earthquake struck southeast Turkey on October 23rd, MSF teams - in collaboration with local organisations - have distributed 2,000 winterised tents and 2,000 cooking kits to 12,000 people living in Van and Ercis, the cities most affected by the quake. MSF distributes specialised tents after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey. Photo: MSF...
Following the earthquake that struck Eastern Turkey last Sunday, killing at least 500 people and injuring 2,500, MSF has sent a team to Van and Ercis, the most affected areas. After a first phase of assessment in order to identify the major needs and gaps, MSF will now focus, in collaboration with Turkish NGOs, on providing relief goods in rural areas where assistance has been more difficult to...
Kala Azar (Leishmaniasis)Along with Chagas disease and sleeping sickness, kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – after malaria – it is the second largest parasitic killer in the world.Kala azar is endemic in 47 countries with approximately 200 million people at risk of infection.  The parasite is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand...
The earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 reportedly left 300,000 wounded, and 1.5 million homeless. Soon afterwards, a cholera epidemic swept the country, killing more than 5,000. Photo: Yann Libessart/MSF Although the situation is no longer covered as extensively as it was in 2010, huge health needs remain in Haiti....
One year after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 222,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless, Haitians continue to endure appalling living conditions amid a nationwide cholera outbreak. By the end of 2010, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) estimates that it will have spent all of the 104 million euros ($138 million) donated by private individuals to...
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