The most widely used method to test patients for TB fails to identify the disease in about half of the cases. But a long-awaited new test is raising hopes that we will be able to identify TB more effectively, get patients on treatment faster, and help reign in this deadly epidemic.
In Mathare, a poor area on the outskirts of Nairobi, MSF treats children with TB, but just diagnosing them is extremely challenging. Results of the lack of research into TB means the main diagnostic tool for the adult form of the disease is 130 years old and not at all adapted for use with children.
The HIV-TB dual epidemic in Swaziland: one in four adults in the country has HIV, the highest prevalence in the world; and with compromised immune systems, people living with HIV are much more susceptible to other deadly diseases, including TB and its drug-resistant forms. MSF is using innovative ways to treat this deadly dual epidemic in a challenging environment.
In this month's edition, you'll hear how MSF teams are confronting tuberculosis along the Thai-Burmese border and how epidemiological research is guiding some of MSF's most important humanitarian assistance programs. You can also hear firsthand accounts from people who have fled Colombia's civil war.
In this edition, a story on the humanitarian situation in Darfur, Sudan, an interview with MSF's international council president on the war-torn region, and a report on the mounting human toll of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
In this edition, news about the surge of reported sexual violence cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo; MSF medical teams discuss the challenges of treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in one of Kenya's largest slums; and how MSF is using new strategies to combat acute malnutrition in Niger.