Millions of people living in conflict areas have been forced from their homes, such as Walikale, North Kivu, where communities live together in unofficial settlements beyond the reach of most humanitarian organisations. They struggle to find food and drinking water and receive little medical care, but pull together to survive as a community. Many displaced people stay close to home settling in a relatively nearby place of refuge, in the forest or with host families. #DRC
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MSF's doctors and nurses treat people suffering from malaria every day, many are children under five-years-old like Nyota.
Grace talks about the importance of food for patients being treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis on her World TB Day video blog. Read her full blog here: http://blogs.msf.org/tb/author/lamwaka/
Month in Focus showcases some of MSF's work around the world. In July, we are at the severely overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, as drought and violence in Somalia led hundreds of thousands of Somalis to flee. We return to Misrata, Libya, where the victims of the recent conflict are not only the war-wounded; women, children and people with chronic conditions have been sidelined by the overwhelmed healthcare system.
Fleeing one's home to escape violence has become a fact of life for people in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a conflict is raging between multiple armed groups in the provinces of North and South Kivu. The area around Lake Kivu, with its lush vegetation, has a complex history of inter-ethnic violence and battles for the control of mineral wealth. For more stories visit http://msf.me/OfMyoO
In Pakistan, MSF is delivering safe water and emergency provisions to victims of the floods. Here, Thomas Batardy, MSF, talks about how MSF is getting water to the people, the challenges the teams face in doing so, and the persistent threat of water-borne disease in the flood-hit country.