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Lifesaving Mother and Child Care in the Ethiopian Mountains

Aroressa, located in southern Ethiopia’s Sidama zone, is a beautiful, verdant, and mountainous area dotted with small coffee plantations that are irrigated by natural waterfalls and meandering streams. In the valleys, cattle graze and children play outside the onion-shaped huts typical of the area.

But Aroressa’s beauty obscures the very serious medical issues with which its population must contend. Health centers are scarce, as are qualified medical personnel. Maternal and child mortality rates are high. The mountainous terrain makes it difficult for pregnant women to trek to their nearest health center, which could be 20 kilometers [12 miles] away, if not further. Many lives have been lost on these treacherous journeys.

Photo: Supplies being delivered by boat to a mobile sleeping sickness program MSF ran in DRC’s Bandundu Province in 2011. DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum/ MSF.
A Conversation with Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA
What are some priorities for MSF-USA in the coming years?
We want to continue providing a critical amount of resources to the overall MSF movement, providing financial support and supporting human resources with the expertise we can offer, and in areas like communications and advocacy as well. We also want to further strengthen the medical expertise that we provide to operations. This will translate into the development of a new health information system, which will be a very big dossier. We will also continue to provide expertise in areas like antibiotic resistance and neglected tropical diseases. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our care and develop therapeutic or preventive approaches that are more adaptive to the needs in the field.

Photo: Supplies being delivered by boat to a mobile sleeping sickness program MSF ran in DRC’s Bandundu Province in 2011. DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum/ MSF.

A Conversation with Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA

What are some priorities for MSF-USA in the coming years?

We want to continue providing a critical amount of resources to the overall MSF movement, providing financial support and supporting human resources with the expertise we can offer, and in areas like communications and advocacy as well. We also want to further strengthen the medical expertise that we provide to operations. This will translate into the development of a new health information system, which will be a very big dossier. We will also continue to provide expertise in areas like antibiotic resistance and neglected tropical diseases. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our care and develop therapeutic or preventive approaches that are more adaptive to the needs in the field.

I was not really thinking to be a medical person, but after all of the death I saw and after my treatment, I felt that this is the most important thing that I can now do.
Photo: Paraguay © Anna Surinyach
Fighting Neglect
MSFhas taken a stand for the millions of people affected by visceral leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and Chagas. These diseases are neglected by drug developers, policy makers, and media, making it difficult to get patients the treatment they need. Treatment is possible with the existing medical tools and drugs, but additional research and development toward new and more effective diagnostics and treatments are desperately needed to address the overwhelming neglect of people whose needs are not met by pharmaceutical companies.
Learn more about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in our Special Report.

Photo: Paraguay © Anna Surinyach

Fighting Neglect

MSFhas taken a stand for the millions of people affected by visceral leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and Chagas. These diseases are neglected by drug developers, policy makers, and media, making it difficult to get patients the treatment they need. Treatment is possible with the existing medical tools and drugs, but additional research and development toward new and more effective diagnostics and treatments are desperately needed to address the overwhelming neglect of people whose needs are not met by pharmaceutical companies.


Learn more about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in our Special Report.

Photo: The emergency department of the District Headquarters Hospital in Timergara. Pakistan 2012 © P.K. Lee/MSF 
MSF Works to Stop Spread of Post-Monsoon Ailments in Pakistan
A monsoon in Pakistan caused an increase in waterborne disease cases due to unclean drinking water, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene conditions. We’ve set up temporary centers and 2,840 patients have received treatment since July.
“Although acute watery diarrhea is an easily treatable disease,” says MSF medical coordinator Dr. Jacob Maikere, “it can spread quickly, so prevention is as important as treatment. Access to improved sanitation facilities and clean water are vital [in order] to mitigate the spread of waterborne diseases like this.”

Photo: The emergency department of the District Headquarters Hospital in Timergara. Pakistan 2012 © P.K. Lee/MSF

MSF Works to Stop Spread of Post-Monsoon Ailments in Pakistan

A monsoon in Pakistan caused an increase in waterborne disease cases due to unclean drinking water, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene conditions. We’ve set up temporary centers and 2,840 patients have received treatment since July.

“Although acute watery diarrhea is an easily treatable disease,” says MSF medical coordinator Dr. Jacob Maikere, “it can spread quickly, so prevention is as important as treatment. Access to improved sanitation facilities and clean water are vital [in order] to mitigate the spread of waterborne diseases like this.”