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Since Aug. 19, joint Ethiopian Ministry of Health and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been providing medical care to patients with acute watery diarrhea in and around the city of Addis Ababa. In collaboration with Ethiopian health authorities, MSF has set up a total of eight treatment facilities within Ministry of Health structures in the Ethiopian capital.

Almost 9,000 patients with acute watery diarrhea have been treated in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and nearby areas since Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams and health authorities joined forces at the outset of the outbreak on Aug. 19. “Thousands of lives were saved, due to a quick response and effective collaboration with health authorities, with 19 deaths out of 8,999 patients treated in the capital,” explains Karen Van den Brande, who coordinates MSF programs in Ethiopia. “Today, the outbreak is much less severe.

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