An MSF team working at an HIV/AIDS project in Nanning was called to respond immediately to the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province. Here, an MSF field coordinator describes what he saw and how MSF helped survivors.
Thousands of people risk their lives every year to cross the Gulf of Aden to escape from conflict, violence, drought and poverty. During 2007, almost 30,000 took the dangerous voyage to seek relative safety in Yemen.
Pediatrician Leo Ho worked in the intensive care unit of the MSF-run Gondama Hospital in the Bo region of Sierra Leone in 2007. During his assignment, Dr. Ho was continually treating the most severe malaria cases: children brought to the hospital who had already fallen into a coma; those who were severely malnourished; or also suffering from tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. “We were just trying to keep them alive,” says Dr. Ho.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began an HIV/AIDS clinic at Arua Hospital in the West Nile region of northern Uganda in 2001. Today, MSF provides antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more than 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here.