Month in Focus showcases some of MSF's work around the world. In June we are in Misrata, Libya, where an MSF team is supporting two hospitals. And we return to Haiti where a sharp surge in the number of cholera cases at the beginning of May has pushed MSF to raise the alarm. Then we join MSF psychologists in Japan who are helping survivors of the earthquake. Finally, we look at the new HIV/AIDS treatment target set by the UN, and at new amendments in France that restrict sick refugees'…
"When I woke up, they said 'madame, here is your baby'. I was surprised, and I said 'oh, what a sweet little thing!'? A new mum in Haiti, who MSF helped have a successful delivery through a difficult pregnancy, shares her story. This Mother's Day MSF raisies the alert on the number of avoidable deaths during pregnancy.
On 12th January 2010, that an earthquake of 7.3-magnitude struck Haiti. The capital, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins, as did towns elsewhere in the country. The catastrophe left 200,000 dead and as many injured. Médecins sans Frontières teams, who have been working in Haiti for 20 years, were able to respond immediately, treating dozens of patients with severe injuries within hours of the quake.
Medecins Sans Frontieres deals in big numbers; we treat millions of patients in over 60 countries, and have 25 offices which employ thousands of staff. We never forget the people behind these huge numbers ? the individual patients who rely on us and every member of staff or volunteer who make MSF so special. Yet there is another huge number which affects everything MSF does: each year we work hard to raise over US$1 billion to pay for our work.
Haiti: Hundreds of cholera patients poured into treatment centres when the disaster first struck. After several critical months, the number of cases decreased... but it was just a lull. At the beginning of May the number of cases surged again in Port au Prince.
This video update tracks some of MSF's activities over the past month. MSF continues its work in Haiti and remains very alert and active in its response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. In Pakistan, MSF has conducted 80,000 medical consultations since the start of the floods in September and is still maintaining many flood-related activites in southern Pakistan, as well as continuing existing projects elsewhere. In Ethiopia, MSF has been trying to reach populations isolated by flood waters.
Watch as MSF builds a new emergency surgery centre in Haiti's capital. Named Nap Kenbe - Creole for staying well. The surgical centre is the third emergency centre opened by MSF in Port-au-Prince since the earthquake of 12th January 2010.