3-24 | Ever since civil unrest and violence erupted in countries across north Africa and the Middle East, teams from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been supplying and assisting hospitals and health structures where medical staff are facing increased numbers of injured people. Teams are also assisting people who are fleeing to neighbouring countries.Libya
2-13 | Despite the large-scale response to the nutritional crisis from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and many other organisations, tens of thousands of children suffered from malnutrition in Niger in 2010. In spite of better harvests, 2011 also looks set to be a critical year.
1-4 | In 2010, a particularly devastating “hunger season” in Niger threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children. The effective humanitarian response demonstrated just how far strategies to tackle malnutrition have improved in recent years.
11-12 | MSF teams in Niger are particularly on alert in the period between July and November. Malnourished children are at risk of contracting malaria and many who are already suffering from it become extremely vulnerable as a result of the combination. Malaria further reduces appetite among these children, weakening them further and creating a deadly spiral from which it is difficult to escape. During this period, MSF treated nearly 130,000 children suffering from malaria in the Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Agadez regions.
10-12 | Top donor countries must end double standard of supplying nutritionally substandard foods to young children in malnutrition ‘hotspots’