Noma is an overlooked but dangerous disease that can leave often young patients disfigured. Hafiz, a surgeon from India, shares his experience of providing life-changing reconstructive surgery in Nigeria...
MSF is treating many snakebite patients in its project in Agok in South Sudan. Until 2016, MSF was using an antivenom called FAV-Afrique to treat snakebite patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Since 2016, clashes between English-speaking secessionists and government forces in North-West and South-West Cameroon have uprooted 530,000 people from their homes, triggering acute humanitarian needs across both regions. Lacking adequate shelter, food, water, and hygiene, people are at increased risk of disease, and violence and restrictions on movement limit their access to medical care.
On Tuesday, 21 May, gunmen (reportedly belonging to “3R”, a local armed group assaulted three villages not far from Paoua, in the North-West of Central African Republic – the way attacks were run is similar: villagers were gathered with the excuse of an urgent meeting, then they were shot at.
The high number of measles cases in Nigeria attribute to a lack of measles vaccination and an insufficient routine vaccination.
The Rohingya refugee population, living in camps across Cox’s Bazar, remains vulnerable to serious health risks. Refugees reside in overcrowded, tight spaces and continue to live in emergency-like conditions, which increase the threat of potential outbreaks of contagious diseases. MSF continues providing assistance to the refugees and the local community.
MSF calls for humanitarian assistance to Al Hol to continue to be scaled up, for aid organisations to be given access to all parts of the camp
Two million South Sudanese are refugees and a further two million are displaced within South Sudan. This means that one-third of the population. Some find themselves in militarised Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites managed by the UN or in other camps. Many people in the camps don’t yet feel safe enough to return to their homes.
On 14 May 2018, the Israeli army shot more than 1,300 Palestinians, killing 60 of them, during the weekly protests by the fence between Gaza and Israel. A year later, many of those injured are still struggling with the devastating consequences of their wounds.
The worsening fighting in Tripoli continues, forcing thousands of Libyan families to flee their homes and seek shelter with family or in temporary shelters in schools or other buildings. Over three thousand refugees and migrants are trapped in detention centres and are at risk of being caught in the crossfire.