MENTAL HEALTH: Did you know, MSF provides psychosocial support to victims of trauma in an effort to reduce the likelihood of long-term psychological problems. Traumatising events – such as suffering or witnessing violence, the death of loved ones or the destruction of livelihoods – are likely to affect a person’s mental wellbeing. MSF staff held 223,900 individual and group mental health...
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MENTAL HEALTH Did you know MSF provides psychosocial support to victims of
Meet this week’s #FieldWorkerFriday, Kenyan medical doctor Elizabeth Aruwa. Elizabeth spent a year treating complicated cases of HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe on her first assignment with MSF. Despite the challenges, it’s the successes that stay with Elizabeth. “There was one HIV patient, a young man who came into our clinic with really bad anaemia. He could barely sit or walk. He was failing on...
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Meet this weeks FieldWorkerFriday Kenyan medical doctor Elizabeth Aruwa Elizabeth spent a
Libya: MSF has been providing lifesaving and primary health care to refugees and migrants detained in Tripoli, Libya. The majority of health issues affecting the patients we see are directly linked to the detention conditions and the violence that marks their journey: skin diseases, scabies, diarrhoea, respiratory infections, muscular pain, wounds, but also psychosomatic disorders. The number...
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Libya MSF has been providing lifesaving and primary health care to refugees
Iraq, Mosul: MSF has developed a Mobile Unit Surgical Trailer (MUST) for use in the field. The idea of the “MUST" is to be more flexible, more hygienic and quicker to implement in conflict and disaster zones around the world. It is comprised of a number of trailers that can be transported on trucks. The "MUST" has been used for the first time south of Mosul in Iraq where it allowed MSF teams...
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Francis Mein
CHOLERA update in Yemen : The Yemeni health authorities and WHO have reported about more than 151,000 patients of suspected cholera cases in less than two months. The poor level of sanitation and lack of safe drinking water is increasing vulnerability of the population due to the ongoing conflict. Find out more bit.ly/2r2zIPU
CHOLERA update in Yemen The Yemeni health authorities and WHO have reported
Central African Republic : Violence and conflict continues in the Central African Republic. Fighting resumed yesterday morning in Bria, a town in the east of the country. Attacks on civilians has already led to the displacement of around 41 000 people in and around Bria. There no longer seems to be any distinction made between civilians and combatants. Find out more: bit.ly/2szsaWq
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Tebogo Kgosimang
South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda : Uganda is now the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. Although the Ugandan government has openly welcomed refugees, the international response in Uganda is failing refugees and must prioritise life-saving supplies such as food and water to prevent a medical emergency. Many of the refugees from South Sudan have gone through high levels of violence,...
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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda Uganda is now the largest refugeehosting country
Livia Colombo
#WorldRefugeeDay was established to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Today there are 22.5 million refugees worldwide.
On this day we share the needs of our patients who are forced to leave their homes and everything behind in order to escape violence.
WorldRefugeeDay was established to honour the courage strength and determination of women
Democratic Republic of Congo :In North Kivu, a province that has been in conflict for the past twenty years, having children can be just as dangerous as being hit by a stray bullet. Women have six, seven… fifteen children. When a woman’s body is weakened by many pregnancies very close together, it becomes more prone to dangerous complications. In addition, social pressure to bear children is...
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Democratic Republic of Congo In North Kivu a province that has been
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Yemen: At an MSF hospital in Yemen 2 hours from the frontline fighting, anaesthetist Kariantti Kallios faces tremendous pressure. With so many recovering wounded patients from the operating room, there aren’t enough hospital beds – and there’s an impending cholera outbreak to deal with...Read Kariantti's blog here: bit.ly/2rz5eJT
Yemen At an MSF hospital in Yemen 2 hours from the frontline
MSF strives to operate efficiently and to minimise fundraising and administrative costs. Your donations allow us to provide quality medical services quickly and effectively during several major crises: from conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan; to floods in Mozambique and Malawi; to treating Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and tackling the neglected HIV crisis in the...
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MSF strives to operate efficiently and to minimise fundraising and administrative costs
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#FieldworkerFriday: Stella Nthiga, a registered nurse from Kenya, shares some her experiences while doing humanitarian work with MSF. “While working for MSF in conflict contexts, we have had to work extra hours, and we have had to work with bullets flying all over our heads. This causes you to be alert, to be ready in preparation to serve at any point when you are called.” Stella has worked...
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Craig Lewis
Central African Republic : CAR is sliding back into a full emergency situation with renewed and intense fighting in several locations across the country. Thomas 65, maybe 70 years old, was attacked by armed men with machetes and sticks at his home. All his fingers on both hands have been amputated, his left arm is broken and an external fixator supports one of his legs after machete blows cut...
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Central African Republic CAR is sliding back into a full emergency situation
Mental Health in Iraq: Violence, displacement, and separation are some of the many triggers that can lead to mental health problems. These are some of the issues our patients in war bound Iraq are facing at the moment. “The situation affects everyone, but in different ways.” Our male patients complain about a sense of uselessness. It is stressful for them not being able to provide for their...
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Mental Health in Iraq Violence displacement and separation are some of the
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#SAAIDS Conference : The Department of Basic Education will announce the finalisation of the learner health policy for all schools to implement sexual and reproductive healthcare as a service in South Africa. “Some learners are sexually active and need protection, we need to start moulding new behaviour in schools, particularly among males, by providing learners with sexual health education...
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SAAIDS Conference The Department of Basic Education will announce the finalisation of
Cote D'I Voire : Many women and newborns die during childbirth or soon after. The causes for the women include severe haemorrhage and eclampsia; for the babies, infection and low birthweight. Access to the level of care which would handle complications such as these has been poor, hence MSF’s decision to strengthen access in the most under-served areas of the Katiola region in Cote D'IVoire....
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Cote DI Voire Many women and newborns die during childbirth or soon
Paulette Mitchell Johnson
Iraq: There are still around 100 000 civilians trapped in an area of few square kilometres in the old town in West Mosul. they are lacking water, food (have even resolved to eating grass to survive) and the most basic medical supplies. MSF Project Coordinator Francesco Segoni, speaks to them about the challenges of surviving under siege. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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#FieldworkerFriday: Meet Fezile Kanju, who recently returned from her first international assignment with MSF, where she worked in Pakistan to bring different role players on board to tackle the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the city of Karachi. One memorable moment that sticks with her is the “heartfelt letter” a patient wrote to MSF after being cured of hepatitis C at the clinic in Machar...
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FieldworkerFriday Meet Fezile Kanju who recently returned from her first interna
Nancy McGalliard
Britta Dunwald
Mashava Mukanya-Barure