Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/Epidemic disease
- Health care exclusion
- Natural disaster
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
Despite progress, serious gaps remain in India’s health care system, particularly around TB and in conflict areas.
In the far east, MSF runs four HIV and TB clinics in Manipur. MSF also supports basic and specialist care, including TB services, in Mon district hospital in Nagaland, where counterinsurgency has long trumped development.
In Mumbai, MSF treats and offers psychosocial care to people with HIV, including people co-infected with DR-TB or hepatitis B or C. In southern Chhattisgarh state, MSF runs weekly clinics for people caught in the long-running government-Maoist conflict, referring patients needing specialized care to facilities in Andhra Pradesh.
In Bijapur, MSF’s mother and child health center offers immunizations and basic health care. Staff at the district hospital also perform emergency obstetric surgery and diagnose TB.
In Kashmir, mental health staff offer counseling in five urban areas and carried out two emergency mental health programs in Srinagar as well.
In Bihar state, MSF treats kala azar with liposomal amphotericin B in five Vaishali district health centers and Sadar district hospital, and the team launched a three-year project with DNDi to examine the feasibility of more affordable options based on liposomal amphotericin B.
Also in Bihar, MSF manages five feeding centers in the Biraul subdistrict and will soon build an intensive care unit at the district hospital.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 733 staff in India. MSF has been working in the country since 1999.
I was working as a cook when I was first diagnosed with drug-resistant TB. The treatment involved six months of injections every day. It was very difficult; every day there was pain.
After that I had to take 15 to 17 different tablets every day. I used to just stay at home. It has been six months now since I finished my treatment. Now I am free of tension and I want to earn money and live life properly. My family are happy because I’ve got my job back and I’m able to support them.
*The patient’s name has been changed.