Fifteen-year-old Waddah is treated in the isolation ward at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aden. His wound is infected with resistant germs.
Many people in Yemen are subject to the violence of war on a daily basis. More than half of the country’s health facilities are closed because they have been destroyed or because there is a lack of medical personnel or medicines. Doctors Without Borders is one of the few local medical organizations that is helping on both sides of the civil war. From the beginning of the fighting in March 2015 to October 2018, Doctors Without Borders has treated more than 90,000 war wounded and violently injured. The organisation works in twelve hospitals and health centres. In addition, it supports 20 other facilities with material and expert advice. Doctors Without Borders provides this assistance with 2,200 employees.
With 5,000 €, Doctors Without Borders can put together surgical instruments, bandages and medication for 135 emergency patients. With 3,000 € or 10,000 € there are 80 or 275 emergency patients.
After the blood test of this seriously ill man was positive, the staff of Doctors Without Borders transferred him to a special Ebola treatment centre.
In August 2018, an Ebola outbreak is announced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the tenth and most severe outbreak in the country since the virus was discovered in 1976. The epidemic is difficult to control as the affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri are fighting. According to the Congolese Ministry of Health, 483 people have fallen ill in the first four and a half months alone, 265 of them dying from Ebola. Doctors Without Borders supports the containment of the epidemic at many levels: The teams are particularly concerned with isolating and treating patients, supporting vaccination campaigns and taking on prevention and awareness-raising tasks. In addition, Doctors Without Borders informs important decision-makers in the communities about their efforts against Ebola. With their support, the teams can better reach the patients and their relatives.
With 5,000 €, Doctors Without Borders, can finance, e.g., five 45 square metre tents in which Ebola patients are isolated and treated. With 3,000 € or 10,000 € there would be three or ten hospital tents.