9-17 | More than 100,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to flooding in northwestern Nigeria, after a dam failed on the Rima River near Goronyo, Sokoto State, on 8 September.Dozens of villages were rapidly submerged when a large section of the Goronyo dam’s spillway collapsed. The area is experiencing one of the wettest rainy seasons on record, which is being blamed for the collapse of the spillway.
6-12 | In north western Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Nigerian health authorities have started treating 50 children who are sick with lead poisoning. The poisoning, caused by local mining practices has been confirmed in two villages, while four other villages are also suspected to be contaminated, affecting as many as 10,000 people.
4-26 | On the 27th of April 2010, the Sierra Leone government will start implementing a policy of free healthcare for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children under five. MSF welcomes the government’s commitment to the new policy and hopes that this will improve the access to healthcare for these vulnerable groups.
4-23 | BackgroundMSF works in the Kangaba region in southern Mali, where malaria is the main killer and most prevalent. Mali is a poor country and few people have access to health care, particularly during the rainy season when many villages become isolated, and when malaria spreads most rapidly.
“We help people to help themselves” How MSF health promoter empowers people in the south of Mali in their fight against malaria
4-23 | “We help people to help themselves” How MSF health promoter empowers people in the south of Mali in their fight against malaria“Do you know who I am?”“You work for Médecins Sans Frontières.”“And what does Médecins Sans Frontières do in Mali?”“You help treat diseases like Malaria.””We treat malaria, that’s right. And that is exactly what I have come to talk to you about today.”