Photo of the Week: Malaria Outbreak in South Kivu, DR Congo

A little reported malaria epidemic has been quietly claiming children’s lives in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the disease is endemic to the country, this most recent outbreak has been particularly severe in both scale and severity. The MSF supported hospital in Baraka has struggled to cope with the endless stream of patients, often children under five years old who are referred in need of urgent intensive care.
Throughout 2014, MSF team in Baraka treated a record 89,776 patients for malaria, more than double the number of people treated the previous year (42,390) or the year previously (42,305).