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MSF staff transport a patient during a mobile clinic in Hawzen, northeast Tigray

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


Ethiopia: MSF provides medical assistance to some of the most affected people in need in Tigray

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia after fighting broke out in early November 2020, according to OCHA.


Sudan: “Services for the refugees need to increase, otherwise it will be a disaster”

Hano Yagoub, MSF’s acting emergency coordinator in Gedaref, Sudan, describes the situation in Um Rakuba camp, where 15,000 people are sheltering after fleeing violence in Ethiopia


Ethiopia: “They saw soldiers and civilians coming in, wounded or dead”

Psychological support for MSF staff on the border with Tigray, Ethiopia 


MSF providing medical care and assistance in Sudan to people fleeing the violence in Ethiopia

On November 4, Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, following an attack on a military base. The escalating conflict is already affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and it runs the risk of destabilizing other parts of the country and the region, with potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences. 


Crisis Update: Fighting COVID-19 in East Africa

Across East Africa , MSF teams are working hard to keep providing essential medical services, taking steps to keep patients and staff safe as well as launching new activities to respond directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A boy leads a donkey with water canisters from the berkit (rainwater collecting clay pond)[Photo:Susanne Doettling/MSF]

Giving birth on the move

A Somali midwife working to tackle maternal deaths among nomad women

Doolo Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia

People queue at the entrance of an MSF mobile clinic held in a health post in Banko Baya town, Guji, in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. [ © Igor Barbero / MSF]

Ethiopia: The constant cycle of displacement

Thousands of people have shuttled backwards and forwards between the Gedeo and Guji areas of southern Ethiopia over the past 15 months, following an outbreak of ethnic violence in April 2018 and repeated efforts by the authorities to relocate them.


COVID-19 Coronavirus

Most of the world's countries have reported cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 and MSF teams in over 70 countries are now racing to respond to the pandemic.  

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