2-21 | Fighting between government forces and Mai-Mai militias in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused thousands of people to flee their homes and hundreds to seek refuge at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Shamwana. For the past few weeks, around 500 people have been living in the grounds of the MSF hospital. After it proved difficult to maintain a satisfactory level of hygiene and fearing a disease outbreak, the medical team managed to convince the town’s remaining residents to move outside the compound.
2-15 | Dr Jose BAFOA has been in Gao, Mali for five months as Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) medical team leader. The volatile situation in the past few days around Gao has caused a decrease in the number of patients arriving to MSF facilities, but Dr. Bafoa says the priority for him and his teams is to continue providing care to their patients.
2-6 | Katrin KISSWANI headed MSF’s activities in northern Syria for two months.‘We’ve been working mainly in the Jabal Al-Akkrad region, in the north of Idlib governorate, which is fairly mountainous and close to the border with Turkey. While some of these areas haven’t suffered the same frequency and intensity of fighting as areas further inland, the situation remains extremely volatile and dangerous.Helicopter attacks
1-30 | International aid provided to Syria is not being distributed equally between government and opposition controlled areas. The areas under government control receive nearly all international aid, while opposition-held zones receive only a tiny share. Donors must support cross-border humanitarian operations to reach opposition-held areas, says the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of the Donors’ Conference for Syria in Kuwait City.
1-29 | As tensions increase between government forces and Mai-Mai militias in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all parties to avoid harming civilians who have fled into the surrounding bush in their thousands. The exact extent of the displacement is hard to quantify, but most of the villages along the 115km road from Shamwana to Dubie are empty, as are villages along the 70km stretch between Shamwana and Mpiana.