10-7 | The number of people in the Gaza Strip suffering the after-effects of serious injuries has increased in recent years. However, with the embargo currently in effect, it is very difficult to obtain access to appropriate, specialized care. In July 2010, MSF signed an agreement with the Gaza health authorities and opened a reconstructive surgery program. In September 2011, 24 patients received treatment through an ad hoc hand surgery mission.
9-20 | Up to sixteen civilians have been killed during an attack on Zriglo, a village in Southwest Ivory Coast just south of the town of Taï, late last week. Up to 50 houses have been burned and most of the population fled into the forests.
9-2 | The international medical-humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is assisting wounded patients in the town of Galcaayo in the Mudug Region of Somalia. Heavy fighting broke out on Thursday (1/9/11) in the town, leading to many casualties including among civilians. The hospital in Galcaayo North, partly supported by MSF, has treated 60 wounded, most of them civilians, while 20 wounded have been treated so far at an MSF-run hospital in the southern part of the city. Until now, the fighting is reported to have claimed 18 lives.
2-3 | On January 20, MSF donated essential medicines to the cardiology department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, where shortages hinder access to medical care.
9-8 | Despite recent easing, the embargo on the Gaza Strip continues to affect healthcare and certain medical needs are still not being met. Having assessed the situation and identified the needs, MSF has decided to open, in collaboration with the local health authorities, a reconstructive surgery programme to treat people victims of violence, domestic burn accidents and the injured.