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The prevalence of HIV among commercial sex workers in Nsanje, Malawi, is an alarming 82 percent; with no local response and a low supply of condoms in the district, sex workers are a driver of new infections.

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Forty young Malawians were awarded MSF scholarships to receive medical training and give back to their communities. 

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Malawi 2009 © Isabelle Merny / MSF

MSF staff tends to a Malawian living with HIV.

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Malawi, 2010:
Emergency Immunizations Underway for Around 3 Million Children and Adolescents

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In South Africa, where the FIFA World Cup is getting under way, MSF is trying to show that beating HIV/AIDS should be the ultimate goal.

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Malawi has been facing its biggest measles epidemic in 13 years. Working with the local health authorities, MSF has launched a vaccination campaign for more than 2.5 million children.

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With approximately 930,000 infected persons, Malawi has one of the world's highest HIV/AIDS rates. But although 211 national facilities were offering free antiretroviral medicine (ARVs) as of late 2008, only 50 percent of patients had access to the drugs and another 290,000 were still awaiting treatment. To combat this alarming health emergency, MSF is applying a new decentralized HIV approach that brings treatment closer to the patients.

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Marielle Bemelmans, MSF head of mission in Malawi, explains how universal access to HIV drugs works in Malawi and why the high prices of new HIV/AIDS drugs puts this great achievement in peril.

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A cholera outbreak in Malawi that began in November has escalated considerably, with the number of cases growing by more than 100 percent in January. So far, 1,142 patients have been treated and 39 people have died.

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