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What is MSF?. International humanitarian aid organisation Provides emergency medical relief to those who need it most in more than 60 countries worldwide ‘First in’ and ‘last out’ Treats most vulnerable. MSF works in over 65 countries worldwide.

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What is MSF?

  • International humanitarian aid organisation

  • Provides emergency medical relief to those who need it most in more than 60 countries worldwide

  • ‘First in’ and ‘last out’

  • Treats most vulnerable



MSF Emergency Situations

  • War

  • Disease

  • Famine

  • Displacement

  • Natural or man-made disaster


Volunteers in the field Situations

  • Non-medical:

  • Logisticians

  • Financial controllers

  • Water/sanitation

  • specialists

  • Humanitarian law

  • specialists

  • Administrators

  • Medical:

  • Doctors

  • Anaesthetists

  • Surgeons

  • Paramedical:

  • Nurses

  • Midwives

  • Epidemiologists

  • Lab techs

  • Mental health specialists

  • Nutritionalists


Kampungu: Situations

Kasaï Occidental

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Outbreak Sept-Oct 2007


Ebola Situations

  • Virus

  • Symptoms: fever, sickness, bleeding

  • 90% mortality

  • Reservoir: infected bats and monkeys

  • Highly infectious

  • Transmitted by contact with contaminated material

  • No cure

  • No vaccine


Team: Situations

  • 4 Doctors (1 an epidemiologist)

  • 3 Nurses

  • 3 Wat-San

  • 2 Logistic/Sans

  • 1 Field Coordinator

  • 1 Admin/Finance

  • 1 Anthropologist

  • 1 Psychologist

  • 1 Base Logistician


Context
Context: Situations

  • Typhoid/Shigella detected

  • Ebola tested & positive

  • 22 villages 20 - 40,000 people

  • Extremely remote location

  • Total lack of facilities

  • Very low level of understanding


Wat san responsibilities
WAT SAN Responsibilities Situations

  • Isolation Zone Set Up and operation

  • Disposal of bodies

  • Disposal of contaminated/medical material

  • Disinfection of properties

  • Training of local staff

  • Suppression of Typhoid


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