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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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The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been forced to stop almost all of its activities in the city of Batangafo, in northern Central African Republic (CAR). Around 40 MSF staff members have been evacuated following violent incidents and threats against MSF members, a result of increased tensions in the area.

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A vaccine against cholera is being used on a large scale for the first time in Ethiopia by teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The mass immunization campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border from neighbouring South Sudan, where an epidemic had been declared in June

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Renewed fighting has flared up following unrest in the PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), where some 2,200 Muslims still reside. Local militiamen have clashed with the international forces present in Bangui.

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Eleven days after militants from the Islamic State (IS) group stormed the district of Sinjar in Iraq, a constant stream of thousands of exhausted people continues to cross into Syria on a daily basis. They are heading to the relative safety of the northern border between Syria and Iraq.

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In Bentiu, South Sudan, close to 40,000 people have been living in a crowded and flooded United Nations (UN) compound since last December, when the outbreak of civil war drove many people from their homes in search of safety.  The living conditions in the camp are horrific, but for residents it is the only refuge available from continuing violence.

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Dr. Armand Sprecher is a doctor with  Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who specializes in hemorrhagic fevers. In the interview below he responds to questions about the treatment available for Ebola, and whether experimental drugs can form part of MSF's response to the disease outbreak currently affecting West Africa.

 

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