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.

MSF teams all over the world are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Baby Nubia Is Released From MSF Clinic in Conakry

Killer Diseases
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


As diarrhoea outbreak in Ethiopia decreases, upcoming mass religious festival poses new risk

Project Update 17 Sep 2009
Papua New Guinea

First cholera outbreak in 50 years in Papua New Guinea moves from small town to provincial capital

Project Update 7 Sep 2009

MSF teams respond to diarrhoea outbreak

Project Update 2 Sep 2009
Epidemics and pandemics

Medical need, not purchase power, should determine the global response to the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic

Interview 3 Aug 2009

Nomadic groups challenge measles vaccination effort for 400,000 children in Mali

Project Update 13 Jul 2009

Measles treatment in Somalia requires an adapted response

Project Update 3 Jul 2009

Measles vaccination in eastern Chad is a human and logistical challenge

Project Update 18 Feb 2009

Raging cholera just tip of Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis

Press Release 17 Feb 2009
Democratic Republic of Congo

With 21 days since the last infection, DRC Ebola outbreak is under control

Project Update 26 Jan 2009
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