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November 19, 2014

Bihar state is one of India’s most populous and impoverished states. It’s also the national epicenter for cases of visceral eishmaniasis or Kala Azar, ‘black fever’ as it’s known locally. Kala Azar is spread through the bite of the sand fly – untreated it is fatal. Local people are often unaware of the disease, and when they experience symptoms such as high fever they usually turn to local unqualified medical advisors, who are unable to give them the right medicines.

November 19, 2014

More than half of the 5,000 deaths due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa have been in Liberia. The strain on the health system makes it difficult if not impossible to get care for anything else, including malaria. Malaria and Ebola share some of the same initial symptoms and people often come to Ebola treatment center with malaria thinking they may have Ebola, which puts them at risk for contracting Ebola.

November 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a pediatric care program in Koutiala in the east of Mali, where malnutrition and malaria are recurrent and there may be as many as 400 children receiving treatment at one time during the peak malaria season.

November 19, 2014

Chagas disease is a deadly parasitic disease rife throughout Latin America. Since Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the health authorities instituted a treatment program, 43,000 people in Oaxaca State now have access to care for the disease.

November 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) decided to try using unmanned aerial vehicles to gather sputum tests for patients suspected of having TB in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. The tests were then flown back to the hospital where they were tested in a lab. This could be a new, revolutionary model for diagnostics that MSF repeats in other remote areas where roads and waterways are not feasible for travel.

November 18, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) invited British paralympics champion Richard Whitehead to the MSF trauma surgery project on the Jordan border with Syria to meet patients who have lost limbs in the Syrian conflict. Since September 2013, the MSF team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries on over 600 patients.

November 10, 2014

Jane Boggini has worked as a nurse with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for many years and she had already been to Sierra Leone several times. So when Ebola began spreading into that country, it was only a matter of time before she requested to go help.

November 10, 2014

The Primary Health Care Center in Pamat, run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is one of very few places in the north of Aweil, South Sudan, where people can get treatment when they are sick. About 1,500 patients are treated per week at the health center and the numbers are increasing with time. During the rainy season, malaria is the most common disease.

November 06, 2014

Eric Pitts, a logistician with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), had a challenging experience helping to fight Ebola in Foya, Liberia. But after his six-week assignment, he's going back to continue the fight. Here he describes his experience.

October 14, 2014

 

Soon there will be 700 beds for treating Ebola patients in Monrovia. But medical staff are among the first victims, and in the Liberian capital, half of the health centers are shut and just one hospital is functioning. Many of the city’s inhabitants—pregnant women, children suffering from malnutrition or malaria, and road casualties—are without access to medical care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned with protecting health workers providing all kinds of medical care.

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