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May 06, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the Gambella region of Ethiopia are expanding the vaccine package being provided to South Sudanese refugees to include PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type B) in order to reduce child mortality linked to pneumococcal diseases.

August 26, 2014

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

March 26, 2014

For several weeks Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been providing assistance to South Sudanese refugees arriving in Ethiopia fleeing violence and persecution in their country.

Violence and displacement are threatening the lives of the civilian population in Ethiopia's conflict-affected Somali region, according to the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). However, despite urgent humanitarian needs, two sections of MSF have been denied access to the region. MSF is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately allow its teams to provide assistance to people in the region who are facing an increasingly desperate situation.

Two weeks ago the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a nutritional intervention in some areas of the southern region of Oromiya in Ethiopia, following assessments that showed alarming levels of malnutrition among children under five. MSF has set up three inpatient clinics - also called “stabilisation centres” - for the most severely malnourished children who also have medical complications, such as pneumonia or anaemia, and need intensive medical care.

In its new report “No Choice,” MSF calls for more assistance to refugees and migrants fleeing war and hunger.

MSF teams in the Oromiya and Southern Nations and Nationalities People’s regions (SNNPR) of southern Ethiopia have cared for up to 6,500 severely malnourished children. Since May 13, MSF activities have been scaled up in order to respond to the alarming nutritional situation observed in the areas where MSF teams work. Oromiya Region Three stabilization centres set up in Shashemane, Senbete Shinquille, and Ropi provide 24-hour medical care to severely malnourished children suffering from complications such as malaria or pneumonia.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today called on G8 leaders who will gather next week in Japan to take bold decisions to adequately finance food aid and nutrition programs directed at young children. With the malnutrition crisis contributing to three to five million child deaths annually, the summit must commit to providing funds for new and effective strategies to address malnutrition. At the G8 summit in Japan in 2000, world leaders showed that they could stimulate concrete change by creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

On 20 May, MSF set up a stabilisation centre in the Shashemene region of southern Ethiopia to provide 24 hour medical care to children suffering from complicated severe malnutrition. Within days the centre had admitted over 200 children. Here some of their caretakers describe the difficulties of the last few months.

Unable to respond to the medical needs of people affected by the internal conflict in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to stop its activities and withdraw from the Fiiq area where it started giving assistance in December 2007. Since April 2007, increasing violence and economic blockades linked to the conflict between the Ethiopian authorities and opposition movements have had critical repercussions for the civilian population. Their situation is further worsened by the ongoing drought.

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