Millions of people still die each year from infectious diseases that are preventable or can be treated.
Outbreaks of cholera, measles and yellow fever can spread rapidly and be fatal. Malaria is endemic in more than 100 countries. Millions are living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Viral hemorrhagic diseases such as Ebola or Marburg are rarer, but are potentially fatal.
The people at highest risk are mainly living in poverty or in areas of great instability, such as in armed conflict or during mass displacement, where living conditions are precarious, access to healthcare is limited, and vaccination coverage is low.
Reacting swiftly once an outbreak is identified will ensure that the number of people at risk is quickly reduced, and can significantly impact the number of people falling ill and those dying. Engaging in advocacy to support access to treatment, as in the case of HIV/AIDS and TB, is crucial in pushing for effective responses.
MSF teams are supporting the Ministry of Health to respond to the outbreak in Uganda, in which three people from the same family have died
As the Ebola outbreak in DRC continues, community heath workers for MSF are working to rebuild trust with communities
In Northeastern Nigeria in the city of Maiduguri, international medical organization, MSF, have treated 2,922 children for the potentially life-threatening disease since November 2018. Children with measles come from internally displaced population and also from the local community.
Five weeks after cyclone Idai caused widespread destruction in the Beira region of Mozambique, another Cyclone Kenneth hit the coast of Cabo Delgado province in the northern part of the country.
MSF emergency teams are responding to the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
As well as providing healthcare to people affected by the cyclone and flooding disaster, MSF deployed four GIS (Geographic Information Systems) experts to provide maps to help the humanitarian response.