MSF responds to typhoid outbreak in Harare.

Epidemics and pandemics

Millions of people still die each year from infectious diseases that are preventable or can be treated.

Outbreaks of cholera, measles and yellow fever can spread rapidly and be fatal. Malaria is endemic in more than 100 countries. Millions are living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Viral hemorrhagic diseases such as Ebola or Marburg are rarer, but are potentially fatal.

The people at highest risk are mainly living in poverty or in areas of great instability, such as in armed conflict or during mass displacement, where living conditions are precarious, access to healthcare is limited, and vaccination coverage is low.

Reacting swiftly once an outbreak is identified will ensure that the number of people at risk is quickly reduced, and can significantly impact the number of people falling ill and those dying. Engaging in advocacy to support access to treatment, as in the case of HIV/AIDS and TB, is crucial in pushing for effective responses.

 
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Trish Newport, Deputy Manager of MSF's Ebola programmes (DRC)
It has been a long, painful, deadly year for the people living in the Ebola-affected areas in DRC. Trish Newport, Deputy Manager of MSF's Ebola programmes (DRC)
DRC Ebola outbreaks

Tenth Ebola outbreak in DRC still rages, one year on

 
Ebola outbreak - Butembo
Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola response failing to gain the upper hand on the epidemic

Press Release 7 Mar 2019
 
Measles epidemic in (ex-) Katanga Province
Democratic Republic of Congo

Even during a widespread measles epidemic, we can save kids’ lives

Interview 14 Feb 2019
 
Butembo and its surroundings, the new epicentre of the outbreak
DRC Ebola outbreaks

Potential new Ebola drugs being trialled in MSF treatment centres

Statement 12 Feb 2019
 
Cholera vaccination campaign in Maradi
Niger

Preventing future outbreaks in a cholera hotspot

Project Update 17 Dec 2018
 
Ebola outbreak - Bunia
DRC Ebola outbreaks

Ebola spreads further into urban communities and isolated areas in North Kivu

Project Update 3 Dec 2018
 
Portrait Alpha Diallo Watsan DRC
DRC Ebola outbreaks

Ebola in DRC: Cutting the chains of transmission

Voices from the Field 19 Nov 2018
 
Harare - Cholera outbreak
Zimbabwe

A collective response to cholera in Harare

Project Update 25 Oct 2018
 
Ebola response in Mangina
DRC Ebola outbreaks

“Ebola is about human beings and trust”

Interview 12 Oct 2018
 
Ebola outbreak in Magina
DRC Ebola outbreaks

With a new Ebola outbreak, we knew we had to act fast

Voices from the Field 13 Sep 2018
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