Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

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September 11, 2017

Recent attacks on Zemio, in southeast Central African Republic, have closed the hospital and forced the city’s population, including MSF staff members, to flee. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator Wil van Roekel describes the ramifications of the violence for patients, including on some 1,600 HIV patients who need daily medication to survive.

July 10, 2017

Zahra Hussain

Mother of two malnourished children

I came here with my sick children and I could barely find transportation to get us here.

A kind person with a car helped us get to the hospital. My children are in rough shape. I have four more back in Buhaira, our village. Life there is hard. I am worried about them...

June 02, 2017

More than 27,000 people have fled their homes in Yuai and Waat since mid-February after clashes between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition groups. Those who escaped to Pieri have told MSF teams that civilians were shot at, raped, and killed and their houses burned to the ground. Now desperately short of food, water, and shelter, many of the displaced people are living under trees and eating leaves to survive.

meningitis, Nigeria, vaccine, Sokoto Mutalah Mohamad Hospital
May 31, 2017

Since February, MSF's Nigeria Emergency Response Unit (NERU) has been helping the Nigerian Ministry of Health respond to an increased outbreak of meningitis in the country's Sokoto and Zamfara states. NERU Project Coordinator Bart Bardock spoke about the challenges facing MSF units attempting to mitigate the outbreak.

October 25, 2016

South Africa has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in the world, with more than 20,000 people diagnosed with DR-TB in 2015. Yet the current DR-TB treatment regimen—which consists of a combination of multiple pills and daily injections—is only successful in about half of all people who receive it. New drugs such as delamanid offer the opportunity to provide more successful, tolerable treatment regimens to patients with few other options available.

October 22, 2016

In the areas of Haiti hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew, many communities remain cut off from aid, rendered inaccessible by the storm. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) patients and staff members tell their stories in their own words.

August 06, 2015

In Uzbekistan’s Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a tuberculosis (TB) program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, helping patients manage the side effects of their drug regimens and providing psychosocial support to improve treatment adherence. Here, MSF medical team leader Tetyana Pylypenko discusses MSF’s

August 05, 2015

In places with high HIV or tuberculosis (TB) burdens and significant shortages of human resources for health care work, lay counsellors have become extremely important. They provide HIV testing and counselling and help patients get through difficult challenges in adhering to HIV and TB treatments. But their crucial involvement in treatment programs is critically underfunded.

July 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Rachel Marsden just returned from Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. MSF began activities in the camp in mid-May 2015 in response to a mass influx of thousands of refugees from Burundi who fled political unrest. The camp, which has existed for 19 years, was originally home to 64,000 Congolese refugees. It is now well over capacity, with a growing population that has already swelled to more than 122,000. Here, Marsden discusses the situation.

May 21, 2015

A meningitis epidemic sweeping across Niger has already infected more than 6,500 people and claimed 443 lives, according to authorities. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Clément Van Galen, currently in Niamey, Niger, reports on MSF’s emergency response.

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