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For many years, MSF was hesitant about treating TB. Today, TB treatment is an essential component of the MSF's health care.

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For patients in Armenia who did not respond to the treatment available for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) there were simply no more treatment options before 2013.

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Marta is receiving bedaquilin and impenem for her extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Yerevan, Armenia. These are not new drugs but they are newly available in Armenia and can make treatment more effective. But, says TB doctor Hakob Atsheyan, "you can say this is a last chance."

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Broyan, an inmate at Yerevan prison in Armenia, takes 13 pills and gets two injections every day for his extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). "I am optimistic because I can feel the difference," he says. "I think I will be cured." 
 
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated nearly 30,000 TB patients in 2013 in 90 projects around the world.

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Seventeen-year-old Tatev has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and takes 14 pills every day. The arduous treatment for MDR-TB is psychologically difficult for everyone, but it can be especially hard for someone Tatev's age. In addition to medical treatment, MSF provides her with emotional counseling. "I've forced myself to believe the treatment will work, and that I'll get rid of TB," she says. "That's my dream."
 

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Watch a series of short videos about some of the current medical activities of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). 
 
Central African Republic: Health Care Amidst the Violence
Chad and Cameroon: Exodus of Central Africans
Tuberculosis: Hope for Drug-Resistant Patients
Displaced Women: A Double Challenge
Afghanistan: Between Rhetoric and Reality

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As fighting in CAR continues, thousands of refugees who fled the country have arrived in Cameroon, where they lack clean water, decent shelter, and food.

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In Juba's Tomping camp, living conditions are extremely poor. The camp is overcrowded, with only 10 square meters for every person, and water and sanitation are also major problems. More than fifty people have to share the same latrine, which is above the emergency threshold standard for such a setting.
 

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After more than a decade of international aid and investment, access to basic and emergency medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited and ill-adapted to meet growing needs created by the ongoing conflict. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released a report: The Ongoing Struggle to Access Health Care in Afghanistan

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