Travel 'Afar' and wide with MSF - Weekly Scrapbook #46

This week, take a look at our month in focus for September, 2013. In Ethiopia, our nutritional intervention continues to saves lives. An earthquake in Pakistan leaves hundreds dead and many more homeless. We also hear from Margie who has returned from seven weeks inside Syria.

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  1. In the news

  2. Month in focus

    First up this week, check out our Month in Focus for the low-down on our work across the globe.
  3. MSF Month In Focus: September 2013
  4. Ethiopia

    Afar is one of the nine regional states of Ethiopia, and is the homeland of the Afar people. We have been treating those living in the isolated region. Click below to read about Zahari, a young girl saved by our nutritional intervention in Digdiga.


    “I had given up hope on my grandchild. I thought she was going to die like the three others before her,” says Eisa Wasaitu, Zahari’s grandmother.

  5. MSF Treats People Isolated and Malnourished in Rural Afar (All Africa): Share With Friends: | | World News N... bit.ly/187QHSm
  6. Syria

    We continue our campaign to improve access to healthcare for ordinary Syrians lacking essential medical supplies, services and food. Margie Barklay, a midwife who recently spent seven weeks working in an MSF hospital in the north of Syria, gives us her account of whats happening in the country. 

    "For women facing pregnancy complications, it’s practically impossible to get emergency obstetric care," she said.
  7. For pregnant women in Syria now, it's ...
    For pregnant women in Syria now, it's ...
  8. Democratic Republic of Congo
  9. This week, National Geographic photographer, Marcus Bleasdale, has been visiting MSF's clinics in Kibabi and Masisi, DRC. His startling photos give a fantastic insight into the treatment of malnutrition and cholera in this remote part of the world.  
  10. Imanairakiza Amahord with Asifiwe, her child of 18-months, at an #MSF mobile #clinic in #Kibabi, Democratic Republic of #Congo. Asifiwe is severely #malnourished after weeks spent fleeing the #fightings and needs urgent #treatment. MSF goes to Kibabi every week or two weeks when security allows, to distribute #medical supplies to those needing it. When there are serious #health cases they are transferred to the main #hospital supported by MSF in #Masisi. In this area where the geographical and security access is very difficult, MSF provides a free package of primary and secondary #healthcare in the main hospital in Masisi and in the surrounding health centres. MSF also runs other mobile clinics, in the area, in response to the changing needs. In 2012, MSF treated nearly 600 malnourished #children in the area. DRC 2013 © @marcusbleasdale, @natgeo photographer
    Imanairakiza Amahord with Asifiwe, her child of 18-months, at an #MSF mobile #clinic in #Kibabi, Democratic Republic of #Congo. Asifiwe is severely #malnourished after weeks spent fleeing the #fightings and needs urgent #treatment. MSF goes to Kibabi every week or two weeks when security allows, to distribute #medical supplies to those needing it. When there are serious #health cases they are transferred to the main #hospital supported by MSF in #Masisi. In this area where the geographical and security access is very difficult, MSF provides a free package of primary and secondary #healthcare in the main hospital in Masisi and in the surrounding health centres. MSF also runs other mobile clinics, in the area, in response to the changing needs. In 2012, MSF treated nearly 600 malnourished #children in the area. DRC 2013 © @marcusbleasdale, @natgeo photographer
  11. Imani Kaneno, 7-years-old, suffering from #cholera, receives treatment in the #Masisi #hospital supported by #MSF. Between September 2012 and June 2013, MSF treated more than 2,400 cholera cases in the Masisi region. The #epidemic started in the city of #Rubaya. The majority of the people being infected by the #disease are workers in the #mines and displaced people by the #conflict who settled in the outskirts of the city. They live in poor sanitary conditions with a lack of access to soap and clean water increasing the risks of infection and transmission. DRC 2013 © @marcusbleasdale, @natgeo photographer.
    Imani Kaneno, 7-years-old, suffering from #cholera, receives treatment in the #Masisi #hospital supported by #MSF. Between September 2012 and June 2013, MSF treated more than 2,400 cholera cases in the Masisi region. The #epidemic started in the city of #Rubaya. The majority of the people being infected by the #disease are workers in the #mines and displaced people by the #conflict who settled in the outskirts of the city. They live in poor sanitary conditions with a lack of access to soap and clean water increasing the risks of infection and transmission. DRC 2013 © @marcusbleasdale, @natgeo photographer.
  12. Pakistan
  13. We are closely monitoring the situation after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday. We will be working in the area once our safe passage has been granted.
  14. On the blogs

  15. This week on the blogs we hear from US nurse Candice Humphrey, who is working with MSF in the Central African Republic. On the TB blogs, Zolelwa Sifumba in South Africa tells us about her struggles with receiving treatment for MDR-TB. While patient Mukhtar Kamchibekov in Kyrgyzstan is optimistic about the future after being cured of TB a month ago. 
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