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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.

23/02/2021

A half decade legacy of providing primary health care at Nduta refugee camp – northwest Tanzania

MSF has decided to focus on specialized and secondary health care with the aim of improving the quality of care for refugees and host communities.

22/02/2021

Soomaaliya: ‘Waxqabadyada indhaha’ waxay dadka siiyaan fursad ay mar kale wax ku arkaan

Indhoolanimada la iska ilaalin karo ayaa dhibaato weyn oo caafimaad ka ah Soomaaliya, iyadoo xuubka indhaha daboola uu yahay sababta ugu weyn ee keenta indho la’aanta dib loo daaweyn karo. Qiyaastii 1.2% dadka Soomaaliyeed - in ka badan 100,000 oo qof - waa indhoolayaal.

22/02/2021

Somalia: ‘Eye camps’ give people the chance to see again

Avoidable blindness is a major health problem in Somalia, with cataracts being the top cause of reversible blindness in the country. An estimated 1.2% of Somalia’s population – more than 100,000 people – are blind. Since 2019, MSF teams of eye specialists have reached thousands of people with eye diseases, in many cases helping them to regain their sight.

19/02/2021

Five questions on the 2021 Guinea Ebola outbreak

On 14 February 2021, the Guinean authorities declared a new Ebola outbreak. As one of the key medical organisations responding in the huge 2014 – 2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, MSF immediately started mobilizing a team of Ebola-experienced specialists to form the core of a response team.

Anja Wolz is the Ebola Emergency Coordinator overseeing MSF’s response

Tsgay and her daughter Dalina at Hamdayet
19/02/2021

For refugees in Hamdayet, Sudan, “everyone is hungry, and everyone is tired”

The current situation in Hamdayet has only created more frustrations, anxiety and fear for refugees fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia and is having a detrimental impact on their health. 

12/02/2021

"People think I am bewitched"

The bane of battling a chronic disease and stigma in Kenya's Embu County

Embedded thumbnail for Ethiopia: MSF supports local healthcare facilities in Tigray
05/02/2021

Ethiopia: MSF supports local healthcare facilities in Tigray

Since violence broke out in Tigray in northern Ethiopia in early November, some 60,000 people have taken refuge in Sudan and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.Albert Viñas has been involved in almost 50 emergency responses with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) over 20 years. He has just returned from his sixth mission in Ethiopia, where his role was to prepare the way for medical teams to access areas of eastern and central Tigray and assist people affected by the current crisis. He describes what he found.
MSF staff transport a patient during a mobile clinic in Hawzen, northeast Tigray
29/01/2021

Ethiopia: “If seriously ill people can’t get to hospital, you can imagine the consequences”

Albert Viñas has been involved in almost 50 emergency responses with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) over 20 years. He has just returned from his sixth mission in Ethiopia, where his role was to prepare the way for medical teams to access areas of eastern and central Tigray and assist people affected by the current crisis. Since violence broke out in this northern Ethiopian region in early November, some 60,000 people have taken refuge in Sudan and hundreds of thousands have been displaced within Tigray. He describes what he found

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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.