December 1, 2009, is World AIDS Day, and we are bringing you snapshots of life with HIV in an area hardest-hit by the disease—Khayelitsha, a sprawling township mired in poverty on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Watch the videos and meet these HIV patients: a 10-year-old boy, a young woman rejected by her family, a woman failing on her second-line drugs, and a patient who was co-infected with HIV and TB and now helps other patients.
Sleeping sickness is a major health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. With existing medicines either cumbersome to administer or a cause of intense side effects, a new and cheaper therapy, NECT, holds great promise of benefitting thousands of vulnerable patients.
Although the recent abduction of a Belgian doctor and a Dutch medical coordinator ended positively, such attacks pose dangers to MSF’s health care activities in a country where millions of people depend on humanitarian aid.
Following MSF's expulsion earlier this year the organization affirms that it would be ready to provide emergency aid if the situation changes and conditions allow its work with complete neutrality, impartiality, and independence.