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MSF in Tanzania, 2006
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Tanzania has not escaped the African AIDS epidemic. An estimated 120,000 people die each year from HIV/AIDSrelated illnesses here — many never having received a diagnosis or appropriate care.
MSF runs a project to treat HIV/AIDS patients in the remote, southwestern Makete district. The team provides comprehensive care including antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. By mid-2006, 1216 patients were receiving care through the project, including 583 people taking ARVs. The team is also training community members and healthcare workers and providing needed medical supplies.
Providing care in emergencies
Between September and December 2005, political violence surrounding presidential elections in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island off the coast, led to many injuries among civilians. MSF provided care to some of the wounded, caring for approximately 275 people.
In February 2006, MSF travelled north to the Kibondo area in northern Kigoma, when approximately 7000 Burundian refugees, "fleeing hunger", entered the country. Thousands of refugees gathered in transit camps set up to accommodate only 100 people, so many slept out in the open. As only a few international NGOs were providing assistance, MSF began working in the Nyakimonomono way station in March. The team ran an outpatient clinic conducting about 180 medical consultations daily, distributed water, built shelters and monitored the group's nutritional situation. By mid-2006, most of the refugees had left the area and MSF ended its intervention.
Malaria project closes in Zanzibar
A malaria project based on the island of Zanzibar was closed in December 2005 after the project had achieved its goal of increasing access to ACT malaria treatment — the most effective treatment for malaria — in the districts of Unguja and Pemba.
MSF has worked in Tanzania since 1993.