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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.

July 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says a new combination of drugs created to treat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is having a significant impact on a group of patients who are in the midst of a two-year treatment to cure their disease.

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

Despite the end of the war for independence from Russia, the Republic of Chechnya and the health of the Chechen population continue to be affected by instability. Beneath the relatively calm surface, a different conflict persists, with frequent reports of security incidents, vehicle explosions and shootings. Violence has also spread to the neighbouring regions of Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and North Ossetia. Due to the insecurity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running

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.

In the afternoon of October 11th 2008, the North Caucasus was hit by an earthquake. According to local authorities it was the most destructive in the last 30 years in the region. The epicenter of the earthquake, and most destruction and victims, were all based in Chechnya. Walls and roofs of houses collapsed in several settlements around the epicenter, killing 13 people. This occurred 40 kilometers east of the capital Grozny and 15 kilometers from the town of Gudermes. Over 100 people have been wounded and dozens were hospitalized to the nearby Gudermes hospital.

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