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.

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MSF continues to fight cholera in Chad's capital city

Project Update 1 Sep 2004

'Displaced in Darfur will need help for at least a year'

Interview 31 Aug 2004

Working amidst tremendous needs

Project Update 18 Aug 2004

Improving access to health care

Project Update 18 Aug 2004

Weapons of mass vaccination

Project Update 27 Feb 2004

Cholera spreads in Liberia

Project Update 20 Sep 2003

MSF opens program in China to help stop spread of SARS

Press Release 23 May 2003

MSF expands SARS intervention in Vietnam

Press Release 2 Apr 2003

Joint statement by MSF, CARE International, Save the Children Fund and Oxfam GB

Statement 26 Oct 1998
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