Battling a Fatal Wave of Malaria in DRC | Doctors Without BordersPosted: July 31, 2012
The situation has engendered a profound sense of loss within the communities. “Other regions of the province seem to be affected by this as well, but we cannot yet explain it,” says Dr. Mathieu Bichet, MSF’s medical director in Geneva. “An investigation is underway. However, we can say that it is exacerbated by problems related to access to health care facilities and the lack of drugs.”
Since June, MSF has been using all available resources to provide free care to people throughout the region, setting up treatment and intensive care units, supplying drugs to health care facilities, and organizing the transfer of seriously ill patients to MSF-supported hospitals. MSF is also training national health employees to provide a very effective artemisinin-based treatment for malaria.