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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.

MSF program manager Filipe Ribero has conducted several evaluations at sites where displaced persons are living in Tbilisi and Gori.  In the field, there is a sharp contrast between a massive influx of international aid and limited opportunities — for now — to provide assistance. What is the current situation in Georgia?

Fighting has calmed in and around the breakaway region of South Ossetia, and the warring parties have reached a ceasefire agreement. The short, violent conflict has displaced a lot of people in Georgia, South Ossetia and the Northern Caucasus region of Russia. As of 20 August, MSF is still unable to access South Ossetia, the area where the conflict had broken out, in order to conduct an independent needs assessment and provide medical and humanitarian aid to the population if necessary.

An MSF emergency team based in Tbilisi has been able to gain access to the separatist province of South Ossetia and visit Tskhinvali Hospital. MSF, which already provides support to displaced people in Tbilisi, has offered to provide medical assistance in South Ossetia. On August 23 an MSF team was able to gain access to Tskhinvali in Southern Ossetia, visiting the republican hospital in this city where intense fighting broke out on August 7. The situation has been slowly returning to normal in the aftermath of the peace accord signed by Russia and Georgia.

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