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WHO elections

Q&A: Former MSF president on the WHO leadership race

Devex talks to Dr Unni Karunakara, senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and former president of MSF, about the World Health Organization’s director general leadership race. She outlines the challenges and the problems a new leader will face and expressed the view ‘the answer to these challenges is not to set up the WHO’s own unified response mechanism. The answer should be to fix the dysfunction that exists’

May 11, 2017
Devex

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Nigeria prey to more deadly meningitis outbreaks amid vaccine shortage

Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said. Africa`s most populous country has recorded about 14,500 suspected cases and at least 1,150 deaths so far this year - up from 33 in 2016 - in two thirds of its 36 states, said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). "This outbreak is not just one of the worst in number of cases and deaths, but in terms of how far it has spread across Nigeria," Miriam Alia, a vaccination and outbreak response adviser at MSF, said. The shortage of vaccines for meningitis C means they can only be used to respond reactively to such outbreaks, rather than to prevent future epidemics in high risk areas, she added

June 13, 2017
Reuters

Tanzania: Sixty Tanzania Medical Staff Needed to Rescue Situation in Kigoma Refugee Camp

Medecins Sans Frontieres is being supported by Tanzanian medical staff who are working alongside the charity organization to overcome the recent spike of diseases among Burundian refugees residing in the Nduta camp in the Kigoma region. Nduta camp, originally intended to shelter only 55,000 people, is overwhelmed and overcrowded, leading to a worrying health situation, experts are saying

June 2, 2017
allafrica.com, The Citizen

Malaria cases on the rise in Boma

The Minister of health in Boma state said that more 30 people have died of suspected malaria in a remote village since the start of April. The deaths were reported in Meun Payam, in a mountainous area close to the Ethiopian border. Despite assurances that the outbreak is in hand, the local MP said the rise in malaria cases was caused by a lack of medical services and 37 people have died, with two of them just a day earlier, with most of the victims being children

April 19, 2017
Eye Radio

Non communicable diseases

Migrant mental health crumbles in Greece: rights groups

Refugees and migrants stuck in Greek camps, including children as young as nine, are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with endless misery international charities report. MSF and Save the Children said ‘anxiety, depression and aggression were on the rise as a direct result of the deal the EU struck with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees’

March 16, 2017
Reuters

Health systems

MSF urges Modi to withstand US pressure to change India's IP laws

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has urged India to withstand U.S. pressure to change its drug regulatory and patent system as it could result in millions of people in the U.S. and around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines. It said that as an international medical humanitarian organization, MSF relies on affordable generic medicines produced in India to run its medical programs in more than 60 countries. MSF urged Modi to stand strong and protect India`s role as the "pharmacy of the developing world"

June 23, 2017
Business Today

MSF opens free treatment centre in Matadi to help cholera victims

MSF has opened up a free medical treatment centre in Matadi in the Congo to help treat the growing number of cholera victims

April 6, 2017
ACP Congo

Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians trapped by conflict: MSF

Hundreds of thousands of people in north eastern Nigeria are beyond reach of aid, trapped between Boko Haram Islamist insurgents and counter-insurgency operations, which have left many without food or work, Doctors Without Borders said. Those who reach health centres report continuing violence against civilians by both sides in Borno state

March 10, 2017
Reuters

Communicable diseases

New report reveals that countries are still not tackling tuberculosis

The third edition `Out of Step’ report published by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Stop TB has highlighted the need for governments to increase efforts to combat tuberculosis. India has not taken up this challenge and the molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated - and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common

July 5, 2017
Indian Express, MSF.org