Red Cross responds to measles outbreak in Guinea


Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Guinea Being nearly overwhelmed by Ebola Virus Disease outbreak during the period of 2014-2016, health workers could hardly implement prevention activities for other diseases. A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster With a population of 10,628,9992 inhabitants according to the 2014, general population census, […]

Ebola’s Aftermath: A West Africa Update


Ebola’s Aftermath: A West Africa Update February 23, 2017 With the publication of the new book The Politics of Fear: Médecins Sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic, MSF provides a deeper reflection around the response to the outbreak in 2014-2015. What was the motivation for some of the response decisions? Were there effective medical […]

How West African communities beat the Ebola epidemic

Source: IRIN Country: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone “People’s Science” helped to cut the numbers of infected as people in the affected areas used their experience and common sense to work out what was happening and changed their behaviour accordingly. Three years on from the start of the West African Ebola epidemic, lessons are still being […]

UNICEF’s impact in five of the most dangerous crises

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen These included the Syrian crisis, the Nigeria regional crisis, Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq. In December, UNICEF marked its 70th anniversary. 2016 was a year of challenges and upheaval across the globe. The ongoing migration and refugee crisis has uprooted nearly […]

2016: The year Zika evolved from an emergency into a long-term public health challenge

Source: World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization Country: Brazil, French Polynesia (France), Micronesia (Federated States of), World By the end of 2016, 48 countries and territories of the Americas had reported more than half a million suspected cases of Zika, with 22 reporting some 2,500 cases of congenital syndrome associated with the virus. By […]

What are aid groups’ priorities for 2017? – Expert views

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, World, Yemen After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging. The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked aid agencies to name their three priorities for 2017 After a […]

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Alert Winter 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 4


Quarterly Newsletter Alert Winter 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 4 December 01, 2016 Between March 2014 and September 2015, more than 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were infected with the Ebola virus. More than 11,300 died from it. And even those who survived still face a host of ongoing challenges, including continued […]

Yemen: Six Months Inside a Forgotten War


Voice from the Field Yemen: Six Months Inside a Forgotten War December 21, 2016 After working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Liberia at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, Australian nurse Emma Parker spent almost six months at Al-Salam Hospital in Khamir, Yemen. Here she describes her experience working as head nurse. 

New report highlights food insecurity in Sierra Leone after Ebola outbreak

Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Sierra Leone The report by the government, WFP, and FAO, shows that more than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – are food insecure, without access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. FREETOWN – The State […]

Ebola Survivors: Healing Through Sharing


Voice from the Field Ebola Survivors: Healing Through Sharing October 21, 2016 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychiatrist Frédéric Gelly describes how, with the help of her granddaughter, one Liberian Ebola survivor, a woman named Massa, came to terms with the trauma of her daughter’s death. All Massa could talk about was the death […]

Liberia: The Psychological Scars of Ebola


Voice from the Field Liberia: The Psychological Scars of Ebola October 21, 2016 Two years after the peak of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, survivors, families, and health workers are slowly rebuilding their lives. As Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) transfers its mental health services to the Liberian Ministry of Health, MSF psychiatrist Frédéric […]

UN recognition for success in reducing disaster deaths

Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Fiji, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, World Fiji, India, Nigeria, Peru and Europe were recognized by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction as the five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality. 13 October 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for […]

How Nigeria won the fight against Ebola

Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Nigeria The experience of Nigeria underlines how important it is to enhance the capacity of low-income developing countries to manage not just emergencies and disasters but the underlying risks, UNISDR says. By Denis McClean GENEVA, 11 October 2016 – Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided […]

Children exceptionally vulnerable in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Source: Save the Children Country: Haiti Numerous children are unable to access basic necessities including medical care and without adult supervision amid “race against time to avert a mass cholera outbreak.” Media Contact: Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M) FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 9, 2016) — As the full extent of the devastation in Haiti becomes known, children […]

Locating gender in global health emergencies

Source: Chatham House Country: Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, World ”A gendered human rights analysis of Ebola and Zika’ analyses the particular relevance of gender and the role for international human rights law in supporting improved health outcomes during public health emergencies. Globally gender remains a key factor in differing health outcomes for men […]

Yemen: Health Care at a Breaking Point


Voice from the Field Yemen: Health Care at a Breaking Point September 09, 2016 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Crystal van Leeuwen recently returned from seven months coordinating MSF’s medical activities in Yemen. A member of MSF’s emergency team, van Leeuwen has worked with MSF in countries including Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic […]