In 2016, MSF renewed its operations in Angola after an absence of nine years, by supporting local authorities after an outbreak of yellow fever affected the country.
According to the official figures from the Ministry of Health, 4,599 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported in 2016; 884 people tested positive and of these, 384 died. MSF supported the treatment of patients with yellow fever in Benguela, Huambo and Viana in Luanda province between February and August. The team managed a total of 740 patients, 127 of whom tested positive for the disease. Besides direct management of patients, MSF also trained officials from the Ministry of Health and donated medicines and medical supplies to provincial and municipal hospitals.
Nearly two-thirds of these 740 people were adult men and more than half of the positive cases were detected in Huambo (71 cases). Admissions to Huambo provincial hospital and Kapalanga hospital in Viana peaked in March. MSF started activities in Benguela in May and saw the highest admissions in June. Yellow fever is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito and the initial symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses such as the flu or malaria. One in five people infected with yellow fever develops severe toxic symptoms that may be fatal in up to 80 per cent of patients.
MSF will continue to support the local authorities to provide emergency healthcare services in Angola.
No. staff in 2016: 24 | Expenditure: €1.9 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1983