Doctors Without Borders list top 10 humanitarian crises

The international medical aid group said its list underscored the difficulties in bringing assistance to people.

Doctors Without Borders list  top 10 humanitarian crises

Doctors Without Borders issued a top 10 list of humanitarian crises on Monday that included Congo, Somalia, Iraq and Sudan as well as what it called "neglected medical emergencies" in Myanmar and Zimbabwe.

The international medical aid group said its list underscored the difficulties in bringing assistance to people.

Pakistan, Myanmar and Zimbabwe are also on the list.

The eighth country on the list was Ethiopia, where Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said violence and harsh climactic conditions made living a struggle for people in the Somali region of the country.

The other two crises on the list were not in particular countries, but rather cross-border problems.

"The lack of global attention to the growing prevalence of HIV-tuberculosis co-infection and the critical need for increased global efforts to prevent and treat childhood malnutrition, the underlying cause of death for up to five million children per year, are also included," MSF said in a statement about the list, which was not in order of gravity.

The group said its medical teams witnessed firsthand the consequences of violence, displacement and neglected yet treatable diseases and health needs around the world.

"Many of the countries on this year's list illustrate the ever-shrinking space for impartial humanitarian action, making it extremely difficult to deliver aid to those most affected and vulnerable," said MSF International Council President Christophe Fournier.

He said MSF had been forced to curtail its work in Somalia because of direct attacks.

Aid workers helping hundreds of thousands of people displaced by US air attacks in northwest Pakistan had taken similar steps after threats and attacks.

In Myanmar and Zimbabwe, MSF blamed the governments for failing to provide adequate health care or assist aid workers.

Details on all the crises on the list can be seen at http://doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/topten/


Reuters
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