A Canadian epidemiologist on the challenges of staying ahead of the Ebola virus in West Africa

This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.

Dr. Bruce Reeder of Saskatoon was recently in Foya, Liberia, working to prevent the spread of Ebola by trying to figure out where the virus was most likely to go next. As he discovered, staying one step ahead was a vital and challenging task.

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Central African Republic: MSF launches vaccination campaigns for thousands trapped by violence

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) began providing vaccinations this week for at least 18,000 children under the age of 15, mostly living the Batangafo camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Central African Republic (CAR). The camp has become the largest in the country, with a population of around 35,000 people.  Besides vaccinations agains measles and polio, the children will receive vitamins and treatment against parasites.

Motos Sans Frontières : Un réseau de motocyclistes pour aider MSF à offrir des soins de santé en République démocratique du Congo

Cet article a été publié dans le numéro du Printemps 2015 de Dépêches, le magazine de MSF Canada.

Syrie : MSF appelle à l’évacuation des blessés de la région d’Alep

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) appelle toutes les parties au conflit en Syrie à faciliter l’évacuation des blessés résultant des récents combats qui ont eu lieu dans la région d’Alep. La population de cette ville du nord de la Syrie est victime des combats et des bombardements aériens depuis plusieurs mois. Un nouvel afflux de familles a fui la ville en direction de la frontière turque.

Motos Sans Frontières: How a network of motorcyclists helps MSF deliver healthcare in Democratic Republic of Congo

This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.

Travelling from Numbi to Minova, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be a dream ride for any motorcycle enthusiast. More than two hours of slopes, slippery surfaces and obstacles of all kinds make the journey a test of skill, as well as a chance to take in some beautiful scenery.

Clinical trials show experimental Ebola drug can produce positive effect for some patients

Initial results of a clinical trial of the experimental drug favipiravir suggest that it can reduce mortality among patients with low levels of the Ebola virus in their blood, but is ineffective for  patients with high viral loads who are very sick with the disease.

Syria: MSF calls for wounded to be evacuated following fierce clashes in Aleppo

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict in Syria to facilitate the evacuation of the wounded following  fierce clashes in Aleppo, a city in northern Syria where the population has been trapped by fighting and aerial bombardments for months. A new wave of displaced families is fleeing to the Turkish border.

Syria: A doctor describes the impact of ongoing violence on his Damascus hospital

As the violence in Syria continues unabated, Dr. N, an MSF-supported hospital director in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square last month. For security reasons, the doctor’s name has been withheld.

By Dr. N

South Sudan: MSF helps launch vaccination campaign to stem measles outbreak

Since the end of November, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in the Yida refugee camp, in South Sudan’s Unity State, have been responding to a spike in measles cases that is primarily affecting the young. Many of the sick children recently arrived in Yida after fleeing with their families from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region, where bombardments and fighting between rebels and the Sudanese government forces have intensified of late.