MSF worldwide work highlight (14/4-28/4)
After weeks of flooding, the people of Tana Delta Region are still in urgent need of food, shelter, access to clean drinking water and medical services, MSF is calling for more concerted efforts to provide food and other basic items to the hundreds of people displaced by the floods.
MSF warned that high prices for new vaccines could put developing countries in the precarious situation of not being able to afford to fully vaccinate their children in the future. We call on GAVI and pharmaceutical companies to extend discounts so more children can be reached.
An explosion on 20 April at the gate of the District Headquarter Hospital in Khar, Bajaur Agency injured and killed several people, leading Médecins Sans Frontières to insist that medical structures and patients be spared from violence.
The team working at MSF’s hospital in northern Syria has learned to adapt to a changing situation. As the front lines have moved further away, the influx of patients has decreased, but in the last months the number of burn victims has grown.
MSF has finally been able to start medical treatment for children suffering from lead poisoning in the village of Bagega. MSF urges that this is just the beginning; it cannot treat children from the remaining three groups until the lead has been successfully removed from their homes.
With the rainy season on its way, and further peaks in malnutrition and malaria expected, MSF believes that it is essential to provide an integrated approach that focuses on prevention as well as treatment to reduce the impact of medical and nutritional crises on children under five in Niger.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
An upsurge in malaria is likely to have serious consequences for people in Orientale province in DRC unless immediate action is taken. Tackling recurrent outbreaks of malaria in the province demands a firm commitment from Congolese health authorities and aid organisations, said MSF.