2-22 | In a report released today Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the largest provider of HIV treatment in Myanmar (1), highlights the critical need for increased HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), treatment in the country.According to the report, 85,000 people in urgent need of lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in Myanmar are today unable to access it. Of an estimated 9,300 people newly infected with MDR-TB each year, so far just over 300 have been receiving treatment.
2-20 | By Laurent LIGOZAT, Deputy Director of Operations of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)For the past 20 years, the civilian population of Somalia has been trapped by armed conflicts. The drought and violence of 2011 have only worsened an already precarious situation. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have been displaced within their country or have fled to neighbouring states to escape.
2-10 | Following the displacement of people as a result of violence in neighbouring Mali, close to 10,000 Malians have found refuge in the Tillabéry region in Niger.A team from the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) travelled to the area to evaluate the most pressing needs in the town of Tchinagodar. Team members were particularly concerned by the extreme vulnerability of the refugees as well as the very poor living conditions of the resident population.
12-14 | The registered number of refugees gathering at the tiny village of Doro, as of December 7, was 21,500 and increasing daily. Anywhere from 500 to 1,000 newcomers are registering every day. The walk from their homelands in Blue Nile State, Sudan (north), took anywhere from one week to one month. Although the work to set up a properly organised refugee camp is under way, no family groups arriving at the gathering point at Doro have yet been allocated a plot.
12-6 | 60 years of the Convention relating to the Status of RefugeesThis week, world leaders will gather in Geneva to commemorate 60 years of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Yet it is an anniversary that the world’s 15.1 million refugees have little reason to celebrate. Today, states are increasingly shutting their borders and restricting the assistance they give to refugees and people seeking asylum.