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November 18, 2015

The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 60 injured people at its trauma centre in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, on Monday after grenades exploded in several of the city’s neighbourhoods.

October 02, 2015

MSF emergency physician, Ignace Adah, provided healthcare for vulnerable patients in Burundi after an attempted coup d'état caused political violence and unrest in the country.

August 26, 2015

Violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, over the past four months have seen hundreds injured and some 185,000 people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence.

July 30, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) completed a cholera vaccination campaign this week in Tanzania’s overflowing Nyarugusu camp, where people fleeing unrest in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo have taken shelter.

July 22, 2015

As large numbers of refugees fleeing unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded refugee camp of Nyarugusu “has reached breaking point”, according to Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Today Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a new centre for obstetrical emergencies in Kabezi, in the vast province of Bujumbura Rural that encircles the country’s capital. This specialised centre is an essential part of MSF’s work in Burundi, providing medical care for women with complications during pregnancy or delivery that cannot be treated in other health centres.

Following a directive from the government of Sri Lanka earlier this week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) withdrew its staff today from Kilinochchi town in the LTTE-controlled Vanni. MSF is very concerned about the possible consequences of ongoing hostilities for the population still living in the area, and the impact of displacement on the health of the population. MSF urges both parties to the conflict to ensure that all possible measures are taken to protect civilians from the impact of the conflict, and to allow assistance to resume as soon as possible.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is very concerned for the safety of an estimated 250,000 people trapped in heavy fighting in the Vanni district of Sri Lanka. Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been wounded and killed during the last days as the area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has shrunk in the face of the government of Sri Lanka’s military offensive. MSF has received reports from the Vanni area that the plight of the civilians is dire. Hospitals are coping to the best of their ability, but are running low on drugs and medical staff.

On Jan. 29, 226 sick and wounded civilians, 51 of them children, were evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN from the Vanni district of Sri Lanka. Delays at the government checkpoint in Omanthai meant that patients were arriving throughout the evening and night and into the very early morning in Vavuniya Hospital. Some were newly wounded during the recent fighting, while others were suffering from festering wounds up to two or three weeks old.  In the fighting many patients lost limbs due to shrapnel and shells.

Wounded, shocked and distressed. After having fled heavy fighting in the Vanni area of Sri Lanka, people arriving in Vavuniya hospital need both medical care and counselling. Working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), mental health worker Karen Stewart hears their stories and shares them here. People arrive here in a state of extreme anxiety and fear. They have been separated from their families and often have no news about their fate. Young children and the elderly travelling with their caretakers claim they were separated at a checkpoint.

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