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.

 
Baby Nubia Is Released From MSF Clinic in Conakry
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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

 
Journal article

MSF publishes study on the accuracy of HIV rapid diagnostic tests

20 Apr 2017
Journal article
 
Ebola and Marburg

The Politics of Fear

Press Release 21 Feb 2017
 
Fighting Hepatitis E in Am Timan, Chad - January 2017
Chad

MSF calls for assistance to curb hepatitis E outbreak in Am Timan

Press Release 9 Feb 2017
 
Journal article

Engaging with National Authorities: Médecins Sans Frontières’s experience in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic

30 Nov 2016
Journal article
 
Closure Of MSF Projects in Conakry, Guinea
Photo Story

Dealing with Ebola's double blow

21 Oct 2016
Photo Story
 
Ebola in Paynesville, Liberia
Liberia

The psychological scars of Ebola

Project Update 20 Oct 2016
 
Book

Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of MSF in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response

13 Oct 2016
Book
 
DRC: Malaria outbreak now under control, MSF withdraws from Haut-Uélé province
Malaria

Malaria outbreak now under control, MSF withdraws from Haut-Uélé province

Voices from the Field 26 Aug 2016
 
Mandera, Kenya: Double outbreak of cholera and chikungunya placing huge strain on medical services
Kenya

Double cholera and chikungunya epidemic in Mandera town is under control

Project Update 14 Jul 2016
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