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In the first earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, people lost their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Despite the massive destruction, they had no choice but to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. But just as they were getting started, the second earthquake hit. Half-reconstructed buildings came crashing down. People were filled with uncertainty and confusion about how to...
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One month after the earthquake struck Nepal, and only a few weeks before the monsoon rains start, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is racing against time to reach remote villages with medical supplies and shelter material. Difficult logistics and terrain have limited transport options, meaning MSF teams have to use helicopters to transport these materials to villages north and east of...
“We evacuate all those with serious injuries, earthquake related or not”   “I was lucky the doctors found me, I was in terrible pain, I thought I would die,” said 26-year-old Maila Gurung. “Most of the nearby health posts were destroyed, the only one I could go to was an hour’s walk, but it only offers basic services, and it was closed in the immediate aftermath of the second quake....
Nepal has been hit by two earthquakes in less than three weeks, killing thousands, injuring tens of thousands, and leaving millions more with the burden of rebuilding their lives. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams, who were already on the ground soon after the first tremor, continue working to reach and assist people affected. The priority remains those spread across remote mountain...
  MSF now has more than 120 staff members in the country and has flown in more than 80 tonnes of supplies, including the inflatable hospital. In addition to flying supplies into Kathmandu, MSF teams working across the border in Bihar state in India were able to quickly transport shelter, hygiene and kitchen kits by truck to Gorkha.    “We are seeing people in need of basic...
Nepal: MSF assists people in remote mountain regions by helicopter and on foot following two earthquakes In the wake of a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Gorkha district in Nepal on 25 April, and a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Nepal on 12 May, MSF medical teams are assisting people spread across isolated mountain villages, after reaching them by...
A team from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been redeployed to the newly effected areas and is involved in life saving interventions after a second earthquake today hit Nepal yesterday. The epicentre of the quake is 80km east of Kathmandu, in Dolakha district and we are relieved to report that all 120 of Doctors Without Borders staff are safe and have been accounted for. In Nepal’s capital...
An aerial view of devastated villages hit by an earthquake on 25 April, 2015. The areas worst hit are also the most difficult to reach as roads have been destroyed. The rain has started to fall in Nepal: monsoon season has begun. Within two weeks it will pour heavily for two full months. All the cracks in the slopes of the mountains will be filled with water and will create more landslides...
The hospital consists of various tents, the first tent is the operating room. Then there’s the obstetrics unit and a maternity unit. All categories of patients will be treated, including: children, adults, men and women, obstetric cases – so maternity care Follow-up surgery on earthquake wounds that have become infected will be performed, and emergency surgery such as cesareans.
Anne Kluijtmans, an MSF nurse from Holland, was on holiday in Nepal when the earthquake struck on Saturday 25 April. She quickly joined the MSF teams who had arrived in the country to respond. I was in Lumbini, near the Indian border, when the earthquake hit. I felt like we were on a rocking boat. We asked people what was happening as we thought this was just a tremor. A few hours later we...
Dr Prince Mathew normally coordinates MSF’s projects in Bihar state in India, but was quickly deployed to Nepal following Saturday’s earthquake. I left Delhi with two other colleagues at 11am on Sunday, but because of a strong aftershock that resulted in the evacuation of the airport, we managed to land only at 8pm after circling above the city for hours and being diverted to Delhi and back...
Teams from international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have arrived in Nepal and are currently assessing the most urgent medical needs. Further teams are expected to arrive in Nepal later today and over the coming days. One 17-member team is in Kathmandu. They have carried out an initial assessment of the damage by helicopter. One team is expected in Kathmandu on 27...
The international medical humanitarian medical organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is sending four teams of medical and non-medical staff to Nepal to assist those affected by the Earthquake. The teams will leave early tomorrow morning from Bihar state in India, which is close to the border with Nepal and where MSF has been working since 2007. MSF will also send 3000 kits non-food items...
Five years have passed since a truly devastating earthquake shook Haiti. The disaster killed 220,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless according to government estimates. Despite the huge influx of donor money since the earthquake, access to healthcare in Haiti has not improved. "Cataclysmic event" On 12th January 2010, 60 percent of an already dysfunctional health system...
A selection of striking photos from some of the most urgent crises Doctors Without Borders (MSF) responded to in 2014. An MSF health worker carries a child suspected of having Ebola in Paynesville, Liberia, on October 5. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images A young Ebola survivor adds her hand print to a survivors' wall at MSF's ELWA-3...
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...
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