MSF Month in Focus: December 2016

29 Dec 2016
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Take a look at our Month in Focus for an in-depth look at our work around the world this past month.

This month, we take a look at:


Nearly half of all Kenyan women, aged between 15 and 49, have experienced physical or sexual violence. Over 50 percent of survivors don't come forward about their experiences. In Nairobi, we ran our Don't Excuse Abuse campaign to improve access to information and care. Find out more about our work in Kenya.


In October, Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. Two months on, the fighting continues to have brutal consequences. Our new hospital south of the city saw an influx of emergency cases, pushing staff to their limits. Find out more about our work in Iraq.


In 2015, violence committed by Boko Haram forced thousands of people to flee their villages in the Lake Chad region at the same time as a wave of refugees arrvied from Nigeria. Many people are now living in makeshift camps in the Sahara desert. Here, water, food and medical care are desperately scarce. Find out more about our work in Chad.


The last remaining civilians in Aleppo are supposed to be evacuated to neighbouring Idlib province, where hundreds of thousands are displaced and intensive airstrikes continue to fall - making it extremely difficult to reach them. MSF urges Turkey to open its borders before the situation deteriorates. Find out more about our work in Syria.


Counterfeit and poor-quality medicines are a global public health issue. Produced with intent, or by error, many of these drugs are circulated as essential patient treatments, including anti-malarials, vaccines and anti-cancer medicines. We examine where these life-threatening drugs come from, how they are distributed, and what solutions are available to stop them.


Project coordinator Francesco Segoni was based in Khamer for six months. He shares his admiration for how resilient his Yemeni colleagues are, in spite of war, displacement and massive hardship. Find out more about our work in Yemen.


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