4-6 | Recent violence in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has displaced over 300,000 people from their homes, and awakened memories of the conflict that affected the region in the early 2000s. Houses have been burnt, around 200 people have been killed and scores of others wounded. The displaced are living in informal sites, with host families or are sheltering in churches and schools.
1-8 | All the peripheral health centers are closed and only 13 wounded casualties reached the hospital The Médecins Sans Frontières team at the Paoua hospital treated 13 victims of the fighting and attacks that began on Wednesday 27 December. “This is very little, taking into account the number of displaced people who reached Paoua and the extreme violence they report to our teams.
1-5 | In the eastern Ukrainian village of Opytne people are living without access to healthcare or essential medications. The frontline village lies in Ukrainian government-controlled territory, opposite the destroyed Donetsk Airport now in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Without transportation and isolated by poor weather, these mostly elderly villagers have no choice but to live with the constant stress of the conflict in the region.
12-19 | Cases of cholera may have declined in Yemen, but the ongoing war and blockade are now creating a new threat to public health, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold. By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the suspected cases are children between the ages of 5 and 14, and nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15.
12-6 | A week of heavy violence, coupled with a crippling blockade preventing vital supplies into the country, shows new levels of disregard by warring parties for the civilian population, medical facilities and patients, says Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Heavy street fighting and renewed airstrikes since 29 November have paralysed Sana’a, with civilians trapped in their homes for several days, and have left the injured without safe access to medical assistance.