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MSF Frontline Reports
A weekly podcast bringing you the latest in humanitarian news and emergency updates from MSF projects around the world.
December 06, 2011
After 20 years outside the country, Dr. Sohur Mire came back to Somaliland to work with MSF.
November 22, 2011
A MSF project coordinator in Mweso, North Kivu, describes the difficulties Congolese face in getting even the most basic health care.
November 11, 2011
Measles have hit the displaced population in and around Mogadishu especially hard. MSF teams are working to try to contain the disease despite significant challenges.
October 14, 2011
MSF teams are running 13 medical-nutritional programs throughout south and central Somalia, but the intricacies of clan rivalries, the absence of an effective government, and general insecurity make it very difficult to reach the level of assistance that is needed.
October 07, 2011
In Turkana, northwestern Kenya, MSF is now able to distribute supplementary nutrient-rich food, which will prevent children from becoming malnourished.
September 28, 2011
Without proper treatment, half of the 370,000 children newly infected with HIV last year will die before they reach their second birthday. But very few medicines are designed and adapted specifically for children, and are affordable and practical to use in the places where they live. The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) recently announced a new project to help develop appropriate HIV drugs for children. Visit DNDi at www.dndina.org.
August 16, 2011
A cholera epidemic is sweeping down the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originating in the distant centre of the vast central African country it has now reached the capital, Kinshasa, more than 1,000 miles southwest. People are sick and dying and desperate for help. Robin Meldrum went to the town of Mbandaka, where an MSF emergency team is responding to the crisis.
August 02, 2011
In the world's newest country, three out of four people have no access to basic health care. Women and children bear the brunt of this neglect: many women do not survive pregnancy or childbirth, and children die from preventable diseases and malnutrition.
July 26, 2011
The effects of ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa region have intensified the situation in Somalia, already precarious due to 20 years of violent conflict: food prices have gone up, livestock are dying, and humanitarian aid in the country is scarce. MSF's Marere Hospital in southern Somalia is the only health facility in the area. A Somali medical worker from Marere described the current crisis.
July 13, 2011
Gunshot wounds and bomb blasts are not the only life-threatening consequences of war in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Diseases and conditions such as diarrhea and respiratory tract infections can go untreated and become deadly. In MSF's new outpatient department in Boost Hospital, staff are able to focus on these cases and the challenges they bring.
July 07, 2011
In the former Soviet bloc country of Kyrgyzstan, MSF has been supporting TB care for prisoners since 2005. The aim is to reduce transmission of TB and treat those who have it. But working within the penitentiary system, which has proven to be a fertile breeding ground for the disease, presents some major challenges.
June 24, 2011
Somali refugees escaping the conflict in their country continue to arrive en masse in Dadaab, Kenya. Three camps now hold close to four times the number of people they were built for; collectively they form one of the largest refugee camps in the word. And yet newly arrived families can no longer get inside.
June 14, 2011
In Central African Republic, one million people are estimated to be affected by the ongoing violence. Particularly since 2008, families have been repeatedly displaced from their villages, forced to flee into the bush, where they remain trapped and unable to return to their homes, with little access to any medical care.
June 08, 2011
New research has proved conclusively that treatment of HIV can reduce the transmission of the disease from one person to another by 96 percent. In other words, HIV treatment is also HIV prevention. The UN Summit on HIV/AIDS starts on June 8 and officials will decide on a blueprint for the next decade of the global response to the epidemic. Will global leaders act now to save millions of lives and prevent millions of new infections?
June 02, 2011
People in Abyei live on the frontlines of an ongoing battle for control. New clashes that began on May 20 have pushed thousands from their homes and made them even more vulnerable to medical complications.
May 09, 2011
More than 27,000 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa since fighting began in Tunisia and Libya earlier this year. When they arrive, often after fleeing for their lives, they face appalling conditions. MSF has called once again on the Italian government to provide humane conditions for people escaping violence and abuse.
May 04, 2011
Chronic violence and neglect in parts of northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region means 70 percent of the population has no access to any kind of health care. This affects women the most - maternal mortality rates here are 75 percent higher than the national average. MSF goals in Karamoja's Kaabong district are to strengthen government health services and to reach people who otherwise can't get to health facilities.
April 25, 2011
For centuries, the drug quinine has been used to treat malaria, a disease that kills close to one million people a year. But now, there’s a new drug - called artesunate - that is more effective, and far simpler and safer to administer than quinine. The WHO has just revised its guidelines calling for artesunate as the treatment of choice for children with severe malaria. Now the international community needs to get behind it.
April 19, 2011
Female genital cutting, or FGC, is the practice of surgically removing part or all of a girl’s or woman’s external genitalia. It has a number of negative physical and psychological effects, and in the worst cases can lead to death through severe bleeding. MSF arrived in the Tagadom area of Red Sea State in 2006 to raise awareness about the medical effects of FGC and to offer high-quality, free-of-charge maternity services. First, however, the teams had to begin a very difficult, and ultimately very rewarding process of talking about these and other taboo subjects.
April 08, 2011
From the onset of the violence in Libya in February, MSF has been working to assist people in areas with the greatest medical needs—in and around the city of Benghazi in the east and in Misrata in the west. Teams are also on the Tunisian border providing support to people who have fled the conflict.
March 31, 2011
MSF is responding to the intensifying post-election violence. Insecurity due to the fighting and international sanctions on Ivory Coast have driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and severely hindered access to essential services—including health care.
March 23, 2011
Cambodia has one of the highest tuberculosis burdens in the world, according to the WHO. TB and its drug-resistant forms can be extremely difficult to diagnose and treat, especially in resource-poor countries, where the disease takes advantage of immune systems weaken by malnutrition and HIV, and people have limited access to health care. MSF has been working to improve TB diagnosis, treatment, and training in the southeastern city of Kampong Cham.
March 07, 2011
Obstetric fistulas, most often the result of prolonged obstructed labor, is an opening that occurs between the bladder and the vagina, or between the rectum and the vagina and causes a woman to become incontinent, among other devastating medical and social consequences. According to the UN, an estimated two million women live with fistulas today—about half of them in Nigeria.
February 24, 2011
The most widely used method to test patients for TB fails to identify the disease in about half of the cases. But a long-awaited new test is raising hopes that we will be able to identify TB more effectively, get patients on treatment faster, and help reign in this deadly epidemic.
February 16, 2011
MSF is always evaluating its projects and looking at other areas where our assistance may be needed. This is done through exploratory missions—or explos.
February 09, 2011
Kala azar—or visceral leishmaniasis—is a treatable but largely neglected disease. Southern Sudan is currently facing a massive kala azar epidemic. This is a region where three-quarters of the population has no access to basic medical care, and the health system is unable to deal with an emergency on this scale.
February 02, 2011
MSF works in the inner-city slums of Johannesburg, the destination point for many survival migrants seeking opportunity, transit, or simply to hide among Joburg's millions of inhabitants. But finding safe shelter here is extremely challenging.
January 21, 2011
After a year of responding to the post-earthquake needs and the cholera epidemic that began in October, MSF has reviewed its own work in Haiti, and speaks out about what we see as the failure of the international aid system to respond adequately to the still enormous needs on the ground.
January 11, 2011
On the night of January 1, a large number of women were brutally raped by groups of armed, uniformed men in Fizi, a town in South Kivu Province, eastern DRC. By January 3, an MSF mobile team had provided medical care to 33 victims. But the area has become so tense, the team has not been able to return to Fizi since.
December 28, 2010
Today, the southern region of Sudan is confronted by constant emergencies: malnutrition is chronic, violence continues to destroy lives and displace the population, and preventable diseases are relentless killers. More than 75 percent of the population has still no access to any form of basic healthcare. In addition to providing a range of medical services in 13 states of Sudan, at this moment MSF is battling to contain the biggest kala azar outbreak in eight years. And, as Sudan is heading towards a referendum on January 9th, MSF teams are preparing for any needs that might arise in addition to the ongoing medical challenges. If emergency needs soar, whether through violence, displacement or outbreak of diseases, MSF needs to be ready.
December 23, 2010
XDR-TB stands for extensive drug resistant tuberculosis. Drugs for TB have not been improved in four decades; they cause terrible side effects and require the patient to take numerous pills every day for between six months and three years. While one in five patients under treatment for moderately resistant strains of the disease do not survive, patients with extensively resistant cases, if they can get treatment at all, usually must rely on less effective and more toxic medicines, with lower success rates. For these reasons and others, Xoliswa Armans is a remarkable patient.
December 16, 2010
One of many so-called megacities growing at rapid speeds around the world, Lagos attracts a steady flow of people from rural areas of Nigeria and from other countries. MSF is offering free-of-charge medical services in three slum areas of Lagos, including Makoko, where teams are running a clinic on land and constructing a rather unique small clinic on water.
December 09, 2010
Just across the Somali border lies a complex of overcrowded refugee camps filled with shelters made of twigs, reeds, and whatever scraps inhabitants can find. Each month, about 5,000 new people arrive at the camps, and must carve out space outside the official boundaries. Without access to adequate shelter, food, clean water and sanitation, they are exposed and vulnerable.
December 01, 2010
Treating children with HIV goes beyond putting them on medication. Patient support specifically targeted to children helps motivate them to stick with their treatment regimen. But there has yet to be a scientific study to help determine the best practices for providing this support.
November 23, 2010
In Kenya, more than 22,000 children were infected with HIV in 2009. The district of Homa Bay, in rural western Kenya, has the country’s highest HIV prevalence rate. MSF is working to stop the spread of the disease in Homa Bay with its prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program.
November 16, 2010
More than 1,150 MSF staff are responding to the massive cholera outbreak right now, a daunting task given the quickly rising numbers of cases throughout the country.
November 08, 2010
Generic versions of antiretrovirals, or ARVs, that cost a fraction of the price of brand medicines make it possible for MSF to treat 160,000 people living with HIV around the world. Eighty percent of the ARVs we use come from India, and millions of others in developing countries depend on India-made generics as well.
But the European Commission has begun directing its trade policies in a way that could stamp out the production of lifesaving generics in India. MSF has launched a global public campaign to tell Europe to back off, and to honor its commitments to global health.
November 03, 2010
In Papua New Guinea, nearly 70 percent of women say they've been physically abused by their husbands, and in some parts of the country that number reaches 100 percent, according to the PNG Law Reform Commission. When this kind of violence is so widespread, what kind of a difference can a small MSF project make?
October 26, 2010
The Bon Marche Hospital in Bunia, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was started by MSF in 2003 after years of conflict and instability had rendered the national health services almost non-existent. Now, although violence between armed groups in the Congo is still a huge concern, the situation in Bunia itself is significantly calmer. This year MSF handed over medical activites back to the country's ministry of health. Hear about how and why MSF leaves a project.
October 18, 2010
“Alaw Baya Alaw" - Kashmiri for “Hello Brother, Hello” - has been on the air in the Kashmir Valley since 2005. Its purpose is to raise awareness of mental health issues in an entertaining way.
October 15, 2010
The Kashmir Valley has been in the midst of increasing civil unrest since June. Violent, deadly clashes between protestors and security forces have led to strict 24-hour curfews and an even more pronounced military presence on the streets, the combination of which has kept people from accessing much-needed mental health care. MSF has been providing psychological care in Kashmir since 2002 and since June the team has had to adjust its strategy to in order to reach those who need help the most.
October 06, 2010
In Mathare, a poor area on the outskirts of Nairobi, MSF treats children with TB, but just diagnosing them is extremely challenging. Results of the lack of research into TB means the main diagnostic tool for the adult form of the disease is 130 years old and not at all adapted for use with children.
September 28, 2010
Part Three of a three-part series on the consequences of international donors' retreat from funding HIV/AIDS treatment in developing countries.
Sending a message: Patients who have built up resistance to their first treatment regimen urgently need second- or third-line treatment. In many developing countries these drugs are already priced out of reach; funding cuts will only make them less accessible. What message is the international community sending to those who were promised life-long treatment?
September 21, 2010
Part Two of a three-part series on the consequences of international donors' retreat from funding HIV/AIDS treatment in developing countries.
Better treatment now: The WHO now recommends starting treatment earlier, and with better drugs. International donors are focusing on how much these changes would cost in the short-term, but they should be contemplating the long-term effects.
September 14, 2010
Part one of a three-part series on the consequences of international funders' retreat from supporting HIV/AIDS treatment in developing countries.
Changes on the ground: The impact is already being seen by MSF teams working in the countries where funders are backtracking on promises they made to fund the fight against AIDS. Patients are suffering and some treatment providers are scrambling for supplies. One positive development - patients are making their voices heard.
September 08, 2010
The neglected and deadly disease kala azar - also called visceral leishmaniasis - is currently being reported in 45 districts of Bangladesh. MSF is working in Mymensingh district, which has the majority of the country's cases.
September 01, 2010
How the international food aid system is failing children; and how MSF's multimedia campaign, Starved for Attention, aims to spur public awareness and push international food aid donors to make their food nutritionally adequate for young children. Sign the Starved for Attention petition to rewrite the story of malnutrition.
August 24, 2010
Less than 100 babies contract HIV from their mothers in US every year, while 18,000 known cases occur in Uganda. We visit one MSF-supported program to prevent such transmission, in Madi Opei.
August 18, 2010
Food insecurity is particularly severe in areas of the Sahel region this year; MSF is conducting emergency nutrition interventions.
August 09, 2010
Responding to the floods in Pakistan, a helicopter assessment of areas cut off from aid reminded MSF's emergency coordinator of the aftermath of the 2004-2005 tsunami.
August 03, 2010
More than a year after the end of the war in Sri Lanka, people who suffered spinal injuries as a result of the conflict are struggling to start life again. We meet some of the patients at MSF's rehabilitation unit in Pampaimadhu Hospital near Vavuniya.
July 26, 2010
In June violent clashes between Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in southern Kyrgyzstan left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. Though the violence is now reduced, the fears are not. MSF has implemented a three-point strategy for treating victims of the violence and preparing for another potential surge.
July 21, 2010
Only 10 percent of the 27,000 people working for MSF around the world are international field workers – or those who have come from other places to the countries where we work. The overwhelming majority of MSF field staff are national staff working in their home countries. This week we meet a Ugandan doctor who began his career with MSF after seeing the organization's work in his country.
July 12, 2010
Six months after the earthquake in Haiti, MSF is running 19 health facilities in and around Port-au-Prince and the needs are still huge.
July 06, 2010
In an area of northwest Nigeria, gold-mining means extremely high levels of lead-poisoning and the deaths of children. MSF treats patients for lead-poisoning for the first time in the organization's history.
June 29, 2010
Keeping babies alive during the first 28 days of their lives is challenging in some parts of the world, including Aweil, Southern Sudan, where MSF runs a neonatal care program.
Additional music: "Una hora de lluvia incesante" © Bosque De Mi Mente
June 24, 2010
The HIV-TB dual epidemic in Swaziland: one in four adults in the country has HIV, the highest prevalence in the world; and with compromised immune systems, people living with HIV are much more susceptible to other deadly diseases, including TB and its drug-resistant forms. MSF is using innovative ways to treat this deadly dual epidemic in a challenging environment.
June 16, 2010
MSF is trying to use the worldwide attention on South Africa during the World Cup to raise awareness about the funding crisis threatening the future of HIV/AIDS treatment.
June 09, 2010
Troubadours de l’espoir – the troubadours of hope - in Haiti. An MSF psychologist helped found this group of four young musicians who have become an integral part of one of MSF’s mental health teams.
June 01, 2010
Year after year, thousands of people come from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia looking for a better life in Europe. Seventy percent of them enter through Greece, according to UN numbers. If they are caught, these migrants are arrested and held in detention centers – overcrowded, underserviced holding cells – for days or months. MSF is currently running a mental health program in two centers in the north, on the border with Turkey.
Follow the story of a malnourished child in Bihar State, one of the poorest areas of India. Also: India's generics industry is under threat; MSF treats gunshot victims in Southern Sudan; and alarmingly high numbers of female migrants in Morocco have been victims of sexual violence.
In Armenia, patients with drug-resistant strains of TB have to undergo extremely challenging treatment; also - MSF's reaction to NATO's call for NGOs to work alongside military operations; and in Burundi a strategic response to an alarming outbreak of malaria.
Meet Natacha, a mother in Burkina Faso who struggles for her children's survival every year during the hunger gap; hear about MSF’s work in some of Zimbabwe's prisons; and get an update on the urgent needs in Haiti.
From Port-au-Prince we bring you a report on MSF's emergency response to the Haiti earthquake; in the first three weeks MSF treated more than 11,000 patients. You'll hear from Haitian and international staff, as well as patients, on the ground.
Hear the song created by an MSF nurse in Central African Republic to raise awareness of sleeping sickness and malaria; MSF helps fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa's Khayelitsha township and addresses the double crises of HIV-TB co-infection in Swaziland.
Hear how a new proposal for free health care could save lives in Sierra Leone if it is implemented; and from Bangladesh, our operations manager describes how MSF is assisting tens of thousands of Rohingya people struggling to survive; plus, hear this month's MSF Emergency Updates.
This month we bring you a story about malnutrition in a land rich for cultivation: in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many children suffer from severe malnutrition even though food is abundant where they live. And in Uganda, a community-based movement of HIV-positive patients helps MSF provide care. Plus, this month's Emergency Updates.
We take you to northern Nigeria, where MSF is providing surgery to repair fistulas – life-altering internal injuries that can happen to women who endure prolonged, complicated labor. In Burkina Faso, malnutrition is at its annual peak and MSF is responding.We’ll hear from an MSF doctor who was there at the same time last year. You'll also hear emergency updates from MSF projects around the world.
Hear a report on the new challenges in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries; and we bring you a story from Ingushetia in the Russian Federation, where MSF is offering counseling to civilians living in a heightened state of fear. And, listen to this month’s emergency updates from some of MSF’s projects around the world.
In our main reports, hear how MSF's program for victims of sexual violence has helped one 17-year-old in Guatemala, which has a striking 10,000 reported cases per year. Also hear an interview with an MSF water and sanitation specialist who has just returned from Bangladesh, where, two months after Cyclone Aila, survivors are still struggling.
At least 10 percent of the population in Bolivia is carrying the parasite for Chagas disease. Few people, including medical staff, are aware of its prevalence, but MSF is running a groundbreaking program there.
Also: MSF is offering mental health care to displaced people in Mindanao, in the Philippines, and providing health care in Balochistan province in Pakistan, where decades of insecurity has made medical services rare.
MSF halts medical activities at a camp for Hmong refugees in northern Thailand after four years as the sole humanitarian organization providing assistance. Also, hear a report from the country of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, where MSF is helping victims of widespread domestic violence.
MSF is carrying out its largest ever vaccination campaign to fight a meningitis epidemic in West Africa. And hear MSF field workers in Haiti describe the overwhelming need for medical care in that country.
At least three million Zimbabweans are living in South Africa after fleeing a dramatically deteriorating situation in a country in crisis, yet few can find respite. Also in this edition, hear how MSF assists victims of rape in projects around the world.
In this edition, hear a report from Haut Uélé Province in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where MSF is trying to bring medical care to those injured and displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army. Listen to a report on the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe that has given rise to the recent, ongoing cholera epidemic; and hear a day in the life of an MSF field worker from Texas helping to bring treatment to victims of cholera in Zimbabwe.
Listen to a report from Gaza and stories about two direly needed MSF maternal health programs in Haiti and Pakistan. Aid groups brought more surgical teams and supplies to Gaza last week, but wounds are still deep in this war-torn area. An MSF hospital for women with complicated pregnancies is thrown into chaos when government hospitals are shut down city-wide. And, a report from Kuchlak, a remote part of Pakistan near the Afghan border, where it is often dangerous to be a pregnant woman.
Hear about three of the urgent crises MSF named in its "Top Ten" of 2008: people's struggle to survive amid the violent chaos in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; the dire need for the international community to adopt proven, lifesaving ready-to-use foods to treat and prevent malnutrition; and a widespread cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, brought on by the country's downward economic spiral.
In this edition, listen to reports on new strategies to combat malaria and MSF’s response to the devastation wrought by successive hurricanes hitting Haiti. In the top story, hear how thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing war and destitution are undertaking a perilous journey aboard illegal smugglers’ boats to cross the Gulf of Aden.
In this special edition, listen to stories from the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico. This August, MSF presented medical data from its HIV/AIDS projects around the world and discussed challenges to providing the best care. You’ll hear about two key issues: the shortage of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa that is helping to keep the 70 percent of people living with HIV from receiving the care they desperately need; and the challenges to treating children with HIV.
In this edition, listen to stories on why the current global system of pharmaceutical research and development is failing millions of people around the world, how MSF is assisting Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh who for more than a decade have been fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, and MSF's response to the nutritional emergency in southern Ethiopia.
In this edition, you’ll hear another emergency update of MSF’s response in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the aftermath of Cylcone Nargis. Present in the country since 1992, the bulk of MSF’s work prior to the cyclone disaster centered treating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Souheil Reaiche coordinates the MSF teams working in the eastern Irrawaddy Delta, the region hardest-hit by the cyclone. He describes the devastation.
In this edition, an emergency update on the humanitarian situation in Myanmar (Burma), following the devastating Cyclone Nargis.
In this edition, listen to stories on an MSF study on predicting and responding to measles outbreaks in the West African nation of Niger, how a South African mother and her baby daughter fought to survive a deadly form of tuberculosis, and how thousands are still waiting for the promises of peace in southern Sudan.
This edition focuses on the situation in Sudan’s conflict-ridden Darfur region. Studies conducted by the UN, US government, and other agencies estimate that between 100,000 and 400,000 people have died since the war first erupted in 2003. The UN says 2.4 million people are still living in massive displaced-persons camps after having fled violent attacks on their villages. And the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that another 230,000 remain in refugee camps in neighboring Chad.
In this edition, reports on how a neglected disease continues to cause blindness in people living with HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia, on India's hidden war in Chhattisgarh state, and on the evolution of MSF's response to post-election violence in Kenya.
In this edition, reports on three of the most underreported humanitarian stories from the past year, including stories on how MSF is responding to Sri Lanka's rekindled civil war and the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province. The struggle for civilians to survive amid the violence in the Central African Republic is the top story.
In this edition, listen to how MSF is responding to the conflict in Iraq and providing health care to vulnerable Burmese migrant workers in southern Thailand. In the top story, a report on the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, which has been the setting of chronic fighting for nearly a decade. Since August, clashes between the Congolese army and rebel groups refusing to be integrated into the national army have forced more than 500,000 people to flee, according to the United Nations.
In this edition, reports on how an MSF hospital in Haiti is responding to the overwhelming need for maternal health care in country's capital, Port-au-Prince, and the ways MSF is confronting the AIDS pandemic in Cambodia. Plus, a story on MSF's use of lifesaving ready-to-use foods to treat malnourished children in the West African country of Niger.
In this special edition, we focus on the deteriorating situation for civilians and medical workers in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalia has been wracked by violence for nearly 16 years now. But the past months has seen some of the worst fighting ever in the capital, Mogadishu. Access to medical care and assistance for civilians and displaced persons in and around the war-ravaged Somali capital has decreased alarmingly in the past few months. Kris Torgeson has this report from Nairobi, Kenya, where MSF spoke out against the dire humanitarian situation in Mogadishu.
In this month's edition, you'll hear how MSF teams are confronting tuberculosis along the Thai-Burmese border and how epidemiological research is guiding some of MSF's most important humanitarian assistance programs. You can also hear firsthand accounts from people who have fled Colombia's civil war.
In this month's edition, you'll hear how the health-care worker crisis in southern Africa is undermining efforts to provide HIV/AIDS treatment and why a man living with AIDS in Thailand needs access to an AIDS medicine produced by an American pharmaceutical company. In our top story, an update on the situation in eastern Chad, where deadly attacks on villages have forced more than 150,000 people to flee their homes.
In this month's edition, you'll hear stories on how Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is responding to the upsurge of violence in the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka and West Africa's Ivory Coast. And a feature on MSF's reconstructive surgery program in Amman, Jordan, for war-wounded Iraqi civilians.
In this month's edition, listen to stories on how MSF is treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the former Soviet state of Georgia, responding to the latest outbreaks of violence in the central African nation of Chad, and assisting victims of violence in Nigeria's volatile Niger Delta region.
In this edition, listen to reports on current issues affecting access to essential medicines, including a new, easy-to-use treatment for malaria; a court case in India that could prevent millions of people around the world from getting the medicines they need to survive; and on the fight to secure the heat-stable version of a vital AIDS drug in Thailand.
Listen to reports on the ongoing violence along the Chad-Sudan border and MSF's response to an epidemic of meningitis in northern Uganda. In addition, a story on the global vaccine shortage for meningitis.
In this edition, you'll hear reports on an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, a rare viral disease, in northeastern Kenya, and on HIV/AIDS treatment in Malawi. Plus, learn how MSF is using an outdoor, interactive exhibit to shed light on the plight of the 33 million people worldwide who have been uprooted by war.
In this edition, you'll hear reports on the floods in Somalia, the blurring of lines between military and humanitarian activities in the Horn of Africa, and an MSF study of measles epidemics that may change the way health agencies respond to future outbreaks. Also a report on the intensifying conflict along Chad's eastern border with Sudan.
In this edition, a story on the humanitarian situation in Darfur, Sudan, an interview with MSF's international council president on the war-torn region, and a report on the mounting human toll of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
In this edition, news about the surge of reported sexual violence cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo; MSF medical teams discuss the challenges of treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in one of Kenya's largest slums; and how MSF is using new strategies to combat acute malnutrition in Niger.
Includes stories from the medical frontlines in Haiti and Somalia, and a report on how MSF is bringing HIV/AIDS treatment to the most remote and mountainous areas of Lesotho.
Includes reports from Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a discussion of how the situation in Northern Uganda has evolved over the past year.
Includes a discussion with nutrition specialist Dr. Milton Tectonidis about an innovative strategy for treating acute malnutrition, as well as news from northern Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Palestinian Territories.