Francis Gatluak was one of the first people MSF ever treated for the disease kala azar. After he was cured, he stayed on with MSF to learn how to treat others. Today, 23 years later, Francis continues to work with MSF as a nurse.
Kala Azar is a neglected tropical disease responsible for 51,000 deaths every year. MSF Health Advisor Koert Ritmeijer explains that while treatment for the disease is lengthy, once cured, individuals cannot contract the disease again. Left untreated, the disease is 100 percent fatal.