January 1, 2005
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been confronted with tuberculosis since its first day of operation more than 30 years ago. In the past few years, MSF has expanded TB treatment to include patients in a growing number of projects, and the focus has shifted from disease control to patient care.
In 2004, MSF treated patients for TB in nearly 50 projects in 24 countries: Angola, Afghanistan(*), Abkhazia/Georgia, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Caucasus/Chechnya, Chad, China, Congo, DRC, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Approximately 16,500 new TB patients were admitted in programs supported by MSF in 2004, and many more were diagnosed by MSF medical teams and referred to local TB services, some of them supported by MSF.
The settings in which MSF provides TB care vary widely:
Steps towards improving TB care recently taken in MSF projects include:
(*) MSF withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2004 following the killing of five of its aid workers there in June 2004.
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