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June 19, 2017

Niger was affected by a severe outbreak of meningitis in 2015, and also had to contend with rising numbers of refugees and people internally displaced by the conflict. Now, the hepatitis E outbreak declared by Niger authorities two months ago is not over and could last for several months. While for some patients, the disease stays under control, during pregnancy fatality rates can reach up to 25 per cent. There is to insufficient resources and coordination between humanitarian actors.

March 23, 2017

An innovative new vaccine which could prevent large numbers of children from dying of diarrhea in sub-Saharan Africa has been successfully trialed in Niger, announced international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.

March 20, 2017

Nicholas Gildersleeve is a Canadian from Frelighsburg, Quebec, who until recently served as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s head of mission in Bolivia — a country with the world’s highest incidence of Chagas, which is endemic in 60 per cent of its territory. The disease, which is found almost exclusively in Latin America and is transmitted by triatomine insects (also known as “kissing bugs”), is mostly asymptomatic for the first years of infection, but will often eventually result in debilitating complications that can shorten life expectancy by an average of 10 years. Heart complications are the most common cause of death in infected adults.

May 25, 2016

At least six people were killed and eight more were severely injured last Thursday in an attack against the site of Yebi, in Bosso district, where thousands of people displaced from the Lake Chad area have settled looking for refuge. According to the Nigerien authorities, the attack was carried out by the group Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram.

December 17, 2015

Cynthia discusses her most recent mission to Niger where she was responding children with acute malnutrition.

November 27, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is assisting severely wounded civilians after an attack Wednesday night in Gogoni, a village in the Diffa region of south-east Niger. According to local authorities, 18 people have been killed, 16 wounded and around 100 houses have been burned during the attack.

November 27, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

November 27, 2015

The Lake Chad region has become an epicentre of violence, with continued attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, also known as Boko Haram. Government military operations in response are also contributing to mass displacement across the region. To date, over 2.5 million people have been made homeless as a result of violence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its medical and humanitarian response in the four countries.

August 21, 2015

Nearly 28,000 people have recently taken refuge in the Diffa region in Niger after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its medical activities and is taking measures to improve the health situation in the two newest settlements.

April 14, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is launching a new project to ensure that people can be diagnosed and treated for Chagas disease in the town of Monteagudo, in the Chuquisaca department of southern Bolivia. In partnership with local healthcare institutions, the organization will develop a comprehensive care model for primary and secondary care that will be integrated into the existing healthcare system.

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