TB Treatment for Afar Nomads
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PHILIPPINES | CHINA | ETHIOPIA
In Manila, chronic poverty forces hundreds of families
to find the means for a fragile subsistence among the city’s
trash dumps. Marginalized and ignored, these families have few advocates
and scarce access to health care. Dr.
Josephine Querubin, a member of MSF's national staff in the Philippines,
is tireless in her efforts on behalf of Manila’s forgotten
families. Together with MSF Head
of Mission Roland Schwanke, Josephine strives to bring some
level of hope and health to two families living among the city’s
read more about MSF in the Philippines, click here)
The gulf between the wealth of China’s east
coast cities and the abject poverty of its rural regions continues
to widen, with a disastrous effect on health care. Many medical
professionals have left rural areas; the poorest people cannot pay
for the health care they need. Australian nurse
Kate Turner is stationed in Danian Township in the Guangxi Province.
Kate’s assignment is to exchange knowledge with Danian’s
village doctors, who have been trained in traditional Chinese medicine.
read more about MSF in China, click here)
In remote northeastern Ethiopia, MSF is fighting a
tuberculosis (TB) epidemic among the Afar nomads, migratory herdsmen
who survive the desolate climate through constant movement. The
only TB treatment available requires at least four months of constant
supervision. Dr. Helmy Mekaoui, a free-spirited Belgian doctor,
has been assigned the unenviable task of getting nomads who have
contracted the disease to stick around long enough to be treated.
(To read more
about MSF in Ethiopia, click here)