10-20 | One year since the start of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, people all over the country are still threatened by the deadly disease. Healthcare services and measures to prevent the spread of cholera are still inadequate, medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned.
10-12 | Cholera is still rife in Haiti and far from under control. Having ravaged other parts of the island in June, it is now returning to the Haitian capital with a vengeance. According to figures from the Ministry of Public Health and Population, at the end of August over 446,000 people had been infected by the disease and approximately 6,300 people had died from it. Since the first cases of cholera were confirmed in October 2010, MSF has treated almost 160,000 patients. Its teams have been deployed in nine out of the ten departments in Haiti.
9-15 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently battling outbreaks of cholera and measles in and around the town of Marere in southern Somalia. Marere and the surrounding villages of Jilib, Keytoy and Osman Moto are host to around five thousand displaced Somalis, who have fled conflict and drought elsewhere in the Horn of Africa country. However, just like in all other places where it is active in Somalia, the organisation finds itself limited in its intervention methods and freedom to operate, and fighting the outbreaks is proving an uphill battle.
7-26 | “I had no choice. My youngest son Eliezer was going out like a candle.”In a roughly constructed building with walls, floor and roof made from lengths of plastic sheeting, a worried father sits by his son’s side on a low bed. The main ward of MSF’s Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) in Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a partition dividing it in two. Eliezer WETCHI and his father are in the second ‘ward’, for recovering or less severely-ill patients.