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 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.

October 06, 2014

 

Chagas disease is a parasitic illness transmitted by the bite of the vinchuca bug; it is found almost exclusively in the Americas. Without treatment, Chagas can eventually progress to fatally damaging the heart, and the nervous and digestive systems. A neglected disease, many people never learn that they have Chagas. Those who do face onerous treatment - there has been little research and development for better drugs.

June 24, 2014

There are still 50,000 refugees living in M'Poko camp at Bangui airport in Central African Republic. The authorities want them to go home but this is not an option for those who sought refuge at Bangui airport five months ago.

May 13, 2014

Chemoprevention is a new prevention strategy for malaria that helps to reduce the number of children becoming ill during the July-to-October peak period.

April 15, 2014

Two years ago, MSF staff in Carnot, Central African Republic (CAR), were treating patients for diarrhea and respiratory infections, and malaria was killing 35 children every day. Today, the situation is even worse. CAR is now in the midst of a brutal conflict with dire consequences for the population.

October 16, 2013

To fight the double threat of malnutrition and malaria in Niger, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works at the community level, providing home care with so-called "malaria agents," people from the villages trained to diagnose and treat simple malaria.

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