Escaping conflict or famine, scores of South Sudanese arrive daily in refugee camps in Ethiopia. Some of these people may be carrying the cholera bacterium which has ravaged South Sudan in the last few months. With the rains regularly flooding the camps and the lack of sanitation installations, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) fears the slightest outbreak of the disease, and teams have launched a preventative vaccination campaign in the camps and surrounding villages.
Kalemie, in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is exposed to cholera throughout the year. The disease thrives in areas with poor quality water and inadequate sanitation. To combat cholera, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) provides an integrated package including immunization, medical treatment and clean water supply.
The World Health Organization published a report on resistance to antibiotics at the end of April. The first of its kind, it sounded the alarm on this insufficiently documented issue where infected wounds won't heal despite treatment. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) had already observed the phenomena, notably in its surgical program in Amman, Jordan where, three quarters of patients from Iraq have infections due to resistant bacteria.
Phumeza Tisile, a former extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patient, took the DR-TB Manifesto to the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2014. More than 55,000 people signed the petition that calls for urgent action to improve treatment for people living with DR-TB. After giving a speech to the delegates gathered for the WHA, she handed over the petition signatures to Dr.