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August 17, 2015

In Tumaco, Nariño Department, Colombia, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has responded to an increase in Chikungunya, a viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

July 09, 2015

Displacements, restrictions on mobility and lack of access to basic goods and services such as healthcare: These are the main consequences of the escalation of the conflict in southwestern Colombia, which is causing a growing humanitarian crisis.

June 07, 2013

Imagine you are nine months pregnant and ready to give birth. You feel your contractions start. You are excited and afraid, but mostly you are in pain and praying that everything will go well.

New MSF report "Help Wanted : Confronting the health care worker crisis to expand access to HIV/AIDS treatment"

By Simon Midgley. Uraba Project, Colombia

After months of work and negotiations with armed groups, MSF has managed to access the Bajo Atrato region in Choco, Colombia. During the week of November 5, an MSF mobile clinic visited several communities isolated by the conflict along the river corridor of Truando, south of Riosucio, the municipal capital. The team offered vaccinations for hundreds of children under five and medical attention for the general population.

“Many people leave for Florencia yet if even then they feel threatened, they flee to Bogotá or further away”, says Serge Le Duc, MSF coordinator who has just returned from Caquetá, Colombia.

“People sometimes look for someone to listen to them and other times to help them make a decision” - Interview with Dr. Alessandro Huber, MSF psychiatrist, who has worked for two years in Caquetá, Colombia

Tuberculosis (TB) kills two million people and infects nine million every year, and those numbers are rising, especially in southern Africa, which has the highest rates of HIV. TB-HIV co-infection is already a major problem and it is only getting worse, in part because of a lack of effective diagnostic tools and treatments. Dr. Peter Saranchuk was the medical coordinator at MSF’s HIV/AIDS project in Lesotho. Here, he explains the reasons behind the dangerous relationship between TB and HIV.

The rate of sexual violence in Colombia is alarming. A recent study carried out by the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reveals that 35% of their mobile clinic patients and 22% of patients in their fixed clinics have suffered an episode of sexual violence at least once in their lives. A victim of sexual violence needs comprehensive health services including medical and psychological care.

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