Location: Dawei District
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In the town of Tela, Honduras, HIV/AIDS prevalence
has been skyrocketing among the Garifuna people, a culturally unique
community that descends directly from shipwrecked African slaves.
Coordinator Alain Rias supervises an MSF HIV/AIDS program, which
offers counseling, prevention, and most importantly, lifesaving
antiretroviral treatment (ARV) to members of the community. In Honduras,
as in much of the developing world, MSF and AIDS activists face
a pitched battle to get affordable access to ARVs for people who
can’t afford the high price tag of patented medicines.
read more about MSF in Honduras, click here.
In a border region of Myanmar, drug-resistant strains
of malaria are the most common cause of death. The standard medicine
used for malaria is approximately 70 years old, and has become ineffective
against the disease in many places, but research and development
for new malaria drugs presents no profit to the pharmaceutical industry.
In Dawei district, an especially hard hit area, Dr.
Anne Pittet tries to save the life of a boy who has a severely advanced
case of the disease.
read more about MSF in Myanmar, click here.
Teenage runaways fight to survive in the mean streets
of Manila, abusing inhalants and risking recruitment into Manila’s
thriving commercial sex trade. For Manila’s street kids, MSF
offers food, medical care, and psychosocial counseling. When MSF
Daisy Plana finds a young girl living on the sidewalk, she attempts
to negotiate a difficult reconciliation with the girl’s estranged
read more about MSF in The Philippines, click here.
In Conakry, Guinea, MSF social
worker Isidore Lama counsels street kids in a similar project
to the one in Manila. Isidore meets a bizarrely talented and mischievous
young man named Ibrahim Soliba and takes him under his wing. When
a plan to find Ibrahim gainful employment falls through, Isidore
looks for a different way to help Ibrahim find direction in his
life, and finds that in case, music may be the answer.
read more about MSF in Guinea, click here.