1-4 | A new, highly-effective vaccine launched in 2010 now offers the hope of an escape from one of the most fatal forms of meningitis in Africa – and it was developed not by one of the big pharmaceutical companies, but thanks to a partnership between the non-profit organisation PATH and the Serum Institute of India which ensured it would both meet the needs of people in Africa and be affordable.
12-13 | Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) is currently carrying out several mass immunization campaigns to increase measles vaccination coverage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after health authorities declared a number of measles epidemics. Medical teams have treated hundreds of measles cases.Measles is a highly contagious viral infection which can spread quickly and can have deadly consequences for vulnerable populations. The DRC is one of the countries where the disease persists despite its successful control elsewhere in the world.
11-10 | More than two weeks after Cyclone Giri struck the west coast of Myanmar on 22 October, the emergency response is insufficient to meet people's needs. The cyclone caused massive destruction in villages east and south of Sittwe, Rakhine State.At least 81,000 people are homeless and 40,000 acres of agricultural land have been destroyed weeks before the harvest, according to official estimates. People need food and shelter materials.For cyclone survivors, this is a period of critical vulnerability. They urgently need more assistance.
6-6 | First it was lava, rocks and sand that fell from the sky, then came the rain. Guatemalans barely had time to recover from the eruption of Volcano Pacaya on the evening of the 27th May, before tropical storm Agatha, slammed into the country hours later. Overflowing rivers, collapsed bridges, roads blocked by landslides, swamped fields, homes destroyed, almost 200 people killed and tens of thousands evacuated or displaced, in just a few hours the tropical storm left its mark in 21 of the country’s 22 departments.
5-11 | In a new report published today, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Oxfam International warn that the global approach to ensure access to life-saving vaccines for children in the poorest countries is hampered by high prices and is now facing an acute funding crisis.