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Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a medical director with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

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The bombing of a crowded market on October 9 caused hundreds of casualties in the Syrian town of Erbin, located in the East Ghouta suburban area near the capital, Damascus.

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The situation in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, has been extremely tense since a wave of violence broke out on October 7. Belligerents have taken up positions at strategic crossroads throughout the city and set up blockades that are making it very difficult for medical organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) or any other relief teams to reach those who have been injured in the fighting.

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Conakry — the first major city to be affected by the West Africa Ebola outbreak — is currently seeing a massive spike in cases. In July, case numbers appeared to decrease in Guinea, suggesting the end of the outbreak might be near. But Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is now caring for more than 120 patients — of whom 85 are confirmed to have the virus — in its two case management facilities in the country, Conakry and Guéckédou.

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The recent increase of violence in Iraq has left an estimated 1.8 million people displaced since January 2014, according to official figures.  Nearly half of them have found refuge in schools, camps or unfinished buildings in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

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The Ebola outbreak that was declared in August in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not yet been contained.

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In August, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) released a statement deploring the conditions in a Protection of Civilians camp manged by the the United Nation's mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) near Bentiu, a town in Unity State, South Sudan. The camp is one of several that were set up in spontaneous response to the violence that swept across South Sudan last December, and MSF teams are providing healthcare to 40,000 people shelter

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By Martin Zinggl

In the ‘Ebola-confirmed’ area of the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Case Management Centre (CMC) in Foya, Liberia, roughly two thirds of patients don’t survive the Ebola virus. The patients gather on wooden benches and plastic chairs. Out of a transistor radio plays loud Azonto, music originating from Ghana. People are weak, lying in their beds while their immune systems are trying to fight the deadly invader in their bodies.

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Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium, arrived in the Liberian capital city Monrovia in late August to help with MSF’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Finding the treatment centre full, health staff overwhelmed and sick people queuing in the street, Pierre volunteered for the heartwrenching job of turning people away.
 

By Pierre Trbovic

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Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened two treatment centres in response to the Ebola epidemic raging in the Boende health zone of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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