5-13 | One case of Ebola has been confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Likati health zone of Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of nine cases, including three deaths are so far being investigated.
6-8 | So called “key populations” such as sex workers and men who have sex with men have both a higher risk of contracting HIV (*1) and a lower access to antiretroviral care due to stigma and discrimination as well as, in many instances, their illegal status and high mobility. New medications to prevent HIV negative people from contracting the virus (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PreP) are a promising tool to curtail the progression of the HIV pandemic, but access remains limited in the most affected areas of Southern Africa.
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.
5-31 | In the DRC, MSF is vaccinating the entire population of the city of Matadi, while treatment and yellow fever vector control activities (destruction of the mosquitos) are under way in Kinshasa and in Kongo Central province.