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March 23, 2011

Photographer and MSF field worker Misha Friedman visited MSF's tuberculosis project in Nukus, western Uzbekistan, where he met patients with heartbreaking stories: a 19-year-old man whose year and a half of difficult treatment for multi drug-resistance TB (MDR-TB) did not work; a 16-year-old boy who has recovered but feels the stigma of having had TB; a young woman weighing 50 pounds, holding on to hope that her treatment will be effective.

March 22, 2011

Photographs by Krisanne Johnson. Happiness Dlamini is an MSF patient on treatment for multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Swaziland. The treatment for MDR-TB requires taking less effective drugs with terrible side effects for up to two years. Happiness has 21 months of treatment remaining.

March 10, 2011

At Boost Hospital in Afghanistan's Helmand province, MSF is tending to civilians caught in an ongoing conflict, in a region where medical resources have been scarce for many years.

March 10, 2011

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.

February 23, 2011

An innovative partnership between MSF and the Zip Zap Circus school in South Africa helped children from Khayelitsha township and Cape Town who are living with HIV take the stage and soar on World Aids Day.

February 17, 2011

Reports from MSF projects in DRC, Chechnya, Lebanon, and Malawi.

February 17, 2011

MSF set up a mental health care program in the Burj al Barajneh camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, in December 2008. Most of the Palestinian refugee families living here arrived more than 60 years ago, but their mobility has been proscribed and they have struggled to contend with overcrowding, poverty, unemployment, and war. In two years, MSF teams in the project have counseled more than 1,000 patients.

February 16, 2011

MSF began using antiretroviral drugs, or ARVs, to treat people living with HIV/AIDS in Malawai in 2001. Now, a program that initially served 500 patients serves 18,000 and stands as proof that a large-scale antiretroviral program is possible in precarious situations.

February 16, 2011

In response to a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga Province, MSF teams have initiated a vaccination campaign in partnership with the Ministry of Health that aims to vaccinate 1.2 million children in less than a month.

February 16, 2011

In 2007, when it finally became safe enough to open a project in Chechnya’s capital city of Grozny MSF began offering consultations to a population with little access to health services. The project is coordinated from Moscow, and while security is still a concern, MSF has expanded its work to include care for women and children in northen Chechnya.

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