After nearly three weeks of limited activity due to fighting in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams are now actively traveling to other areas of the city and beyond to assess health needs and reopen clinics and cholera treatment units forced to close due to insecurity.
With no functioning health care system and over 75% of the country cut off from humanitarian aid, MSF anticipates the country's medical needs to be considerable. In the coming days, MSF plans to undertake rapid assessments of health needs and provide medical care in as many areas of the country as possible.
"Now that the fighting in Monrovia has largely subsided and we are able to travel to more of the city and to rebel-held areas in the north, our work is just beginning," said Christopher Stokes, an MSF Director of Operations for Liberia. "With most of the country's population unaccounted for and cut off from medical care and adequate food or water, MSF is extremely concerned that the health needs in the country could be enormous in the coming weeks and months."
In addition, MSF is reactivating eight rehydration points established in heavily populated areas of the city before the last round of fighting to provide oral-rehydration salts and water for people suffering from diarrhea and refer suspected cholera cases. To alleviate a serious lack of clean water for drinking and washing in the city, particularly in the centers of displaced persons in the city, MSF is currently trucking over 100,000 liters per day, seven days a week, to selected places in Mamba Point and the Monrovia city center.