Afghanistan: MSF’s trauma hospital bombed in Kunduz
The hospital was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan. On the early morning of 3 October, it was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids, killing at least 12 MSF staff and 10 patients. MSF is calling for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Funding Commission (IHFFC) into the brutal attack, to establish the truth and reassert the protected status of hospitals in conflicts.
Jordan: new hospital for war victims
To treat even more patients, MSF opened a newly upgraded reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman in early September. It serves war wounded patients, mainly from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza who otherwise have no access to specialized surgical care, including orthopaedic, maxillofacial and plastic reconstructive surgery.
Syria: Half a million more people under siege
13 makeshift hospitals supported by MSF experienced a series of extreme mass-casualty influxes resulting from 20 consecutive days of intense bombing attacks in August in the besieged communities of East Ghouta, near Damascus. The sieges around Damascus have also tightened and expanded to three new areas where at least 600,000 people live. It has become increasingly difficult for MSF to get medical supplies through the siege lines.
Nigeria: fighting against cholera in Borno State
In September, cholera spread in the displaced persons camps in state capital Maiduguri sheltering over 1.6 million people, mostly displaced by the conflict between Nigerian army and Boko Haram. In response, MSF ran a treatment centre with 100-bed capacity and improved hygiene and sanitation in the camps.