Charity highlights “forgotten crises”BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39443.458900.DB (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:11
- Peter Moszynski
The plight of people struggling to survive violence, forced displacement, and disease in many parts of the world often goes largely unreported, says the charity Médecins Sans Frontières, which has produced the 2007 version of its annual “top 10” list of the most underreported humanitarian crises.
The 2007 list highlights the conditions currently faced by people living through “forgotten crises” in eight countries: Zimbabwe, Burma (also known as Myanmar), Somalia, Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Chechnya, and the Central African Republic. It also focuses on the continuing toll of two “medical catastrophes”: the spread of drug resistant tuberculosis and the failure to overcome malnutrition among children.