6-27 | An acute humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Doolo zone, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, as malnutrition reaches alarming levels, warns Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), whose teams are working in Doolo zone, the worst affected area. “The numbers of young children with severe acute malnutrition in Doolo zone are the highest ever seen in this area by our teams in the 10 years we have worked in the region,” says Saskia van der Kam, MSF nutritional advisor. MSF teams, working alongside Ethiopian health a
6-24 | For much of the year, the eastern Ethiopian regions of Afar and Sitti are dry and inhospitable places. Yet this is where many pastoralists live, moving from place to place, searching for water and pasture to feed their precious livestock. This delicately balanced life changed two years ago when the rains started to fail, nothing grew and livestock died. The ensuing drought has challenged the very way of life of these nomadic communities. Many of the local nomadic peoples of this region say that this drought was the worst in 25 years.
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.
5-13 | Iraq MSF issued a report Healing Iraqis: The Challenges of Providing Mental Health Care in Iraq, recording examples of the impact constant day to day violence have had on the Iraqis. It said there is an urgent need to scale up mental health care services in the country, and called on the Ministry of Health to improve the quality and access to mental health services. Yemen
9-24 | More than 2,000 white tents line the green hills near the village of Bambasi, in western Ethiopia. Since July, they have been home to 12,000 Sudanese refugees who fled their homeland and are now taking sanctuary from conflict in a camp established by the Ethiopian authorities and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).