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Five blogs from some of the crises tackled by Doctors Without Borders - December 2019

Floods, conflict, measles and climate change. From Ukraine to Somalia, here are five stories from December that show our work around the world.

MSF health promoter and South Sudanese refugee, Joshua Salah Mustafa (left), raises awareness about medical issues, including the measles epidemic, in Biringi, Ituri Province

1. A deadly double epidemic: Fighting measles and Ebola in DRC

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A young girl with measles is examined in the MSF measles unit at Biringi Hospital, Ituri Province, northeastern DRC
A young girl with measles is examined in the MSF measles unit at Biringi Hospital, Ituri Province, northeastern DRC

The most important thing is to engage communities – vaccination campaigns cannot be effective if they don’t reach people

Measles and Ebola are two highly contagious and deadly viruses that are devastating communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MSF vaccination expert and doctor, Nicolas Peyraud, reveals how our frontline teams are responding to this double epidemic.

 

NICOLAS' STORY


2. "We see a lot of suffering": The aftermath of Somalia's devastating floods

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A flooded camp for internally displaced people in the Beledweyne district of central Somalia
A flooded camp for internally displaced people in the Beledweyne district of central Somalia

I was struck by the sight of a very old woman seeking refuge in a precarious makeshift shelter... days later, when we returned to provide a tent, it was already too late

In October 2019, heavy rains and flooding in Somalia submerged cities and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Humanitarian affairs advisor Mohamed shares the devastation he has witnessed, as well as the challenge faced by our emergency response teams.

 

MOHAMED'S STORY


3.  "Luckily, our care is free": Inside L'Arche de Kigobe trauma centre

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Patients at MSF's L’Arche de Kigobe trauma centre in Bujumbura, Burundi
Patients at MSF's L’Arche de Kigobe trauma centre in Bujumbura, Burundi

Looking at the masses of patients in the wards and emergency and outpatient departments, I kept wondering whether we hadn’t already treated half of the city

MSF often hits the headlines when an emergency becomes breaking news, such as a natural disaster or war. But, we also provide day-to-day healthcare in places such as Bujumbura, Burundi, where long-term issues have challenged the healthcare system. Anaesthetist Kariantti takes us inside L’Arche de Kigobe trauma centre. 

 

KARIANTTI'S STORY


4. "More than enough": Climate change, uncertainty and the need to act

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Vancouver climate strike
Vancouver climate strike

When there is substantial, credible evidence of danger to human or environmental health, protective action should be taken - even if all of the evidence isn’t yet in

In the midst of an emergency, our focus will always be on saving lives. But what role should humanitarians play in a broader issue like the climate crisis? Canadian advocacy officer Sandra Smiley asks an important question.

 

SANDRA'S STORY


5. Ukraine: "I won't leave, my son and husband are buried here"

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Masha lived in the frontline village Opytne in eastern Ukraine
Masha lived in the frontline village Opytne in eastern Ukraine

Snipers lurk behind their poverty-ridden homes and there is trauma in their souls

Many around the world have forgotten there is a conflict in eastern Ukraine. However, after five years, traumas and tragedies are still affecting people. This article in memory of Maria, who lived in the Ukrainian frontline village of Opytne, is written by MSF press officer Iveta and her colleague Zdeněk who visited in late 2019. 

 

IVETA'S STORY

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