Only in geographic terms does the Central African Republic live up to its name. It is indeed located in the middle of the continent, but in no other way is it “central”—certainly not when it comes to international attention.
When MSF financial administrator Kami Lee agreed to an assignment in CAR, the project was described to her as a “family post,” a context stable enough that some felt comfortable bringing their families. Then the Seleka rebellion began the day she arrived. Lee recalls her experience—and her decision to stay even longer—here:
Ya-Ching Lin is a resident of Arizona who has been on more than a dozen missions with MSF—South Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and India were among her more recent project locations. This spring and summer, she spent two-and-a-half months working as a project coordinator in Tissi, a region in southeastern Chad that is struggling to absorb an influx of people displaced by violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, just across the border.
India is often called the “pharmacy of the developing world” because companies based there produce affordable generic versions of medicines that are used in developing countries across the globe. More than 80 percent of the antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) used by MSF in its HIV/AIDS programs, for example, come from India, as do 80 percent of the ARVs purchased with donor funds globally. MSF and other treatment providers also rely on quality Indian generics for malaria and tuberculosis treatments.
In June, the World Health Organization amended its treatment protocols for HIV/AIDS to include increased viral load testing, earlier inception of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, and enhanced measures to prevent transmission from mothers to children. MSF applauded these steps, and had pushed for them for years, in fact. The graphic below shows why one of the measures—viral load testing, or gauging how much of the virus is in someone’s blood and thereby discerning whether treatment is working or not—is so important.
As the number of people in need of urgent medical care in Syria continues to rise, MSF has been running six hospitals, four health centers, and several mobile clinic programs inside the country. Through June, teams have carried out more than 55,000 medical consultations, 2,800 surgical procedures, and 1,000 deliveries since the conflict began.
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