5-31 | An outbreak of yellow fever has been ravaging Angola since December 2015, raising fears that the disease will spread to other African countries or Asia. The limited stocks of vaccines constitute a particular challenge. Michel Van Herp, an epidemiologist with MSF, gave us an update on the situation. What are the characteristics of yellow fever? It is a disease caused by a virus, considered to be a haemorrhagic fever. The virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito.
MSF calls on G7 leaders to urgently address the critical gaps in global response to public health emergencies and unite to lower the price of live-saving medicines
5-26 | Two years since the first signs of the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the world today is little more prepared to respond to such an emergency than it was then, warns international humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while the lack of R&D into needed medicines and exorbitant medicine prices requires urgent and united action from the world leaders gathered in Japan. Global Health Systems: ‘Don’t build a hospital without an emergency room’ As the leaders of the G7 countries* gather in Ise-Shim
5-5 | Last year, 75 hospitals managed or supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were bombed. This was in violation of the most fundamental rules of war which gives protected status to medical facilities and its patients, regardless if the patients are civilians or wounded combatants. Beyond the hospitals, civilians are being wounded and killed by indiscriminate warfare in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. At the same time, the treatment of refugees and migrants in Europe and beyond has shown a shocking lack of humanity.
3-23 | The severity of the West Africa Ebola epidemic saw MSF launch one of the largest emergency operations in its 44-year history. Between March 2014 and December 2015, MSF responded in the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – and also to the spread of cases to Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. At the peak of the epidemic, MSF employed nearly 4,000 national staff and more than 325 international staff who ran Ebola management centres as well as conducted surveillance, contact tracing, health promotion and provided psychological support.
High vaccine prices hamper immunisation efforts in Africa, but are missing from agenda of key vaccination conference
2-23 | Ministerial Conference on Immunisation in Africa presses countries to do more, but gives free pass to pharmaceutical companies charging inflated vaccine prices.