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November 20, 2014

Since April 2014, Swedish medical doctor Ann Sellberg has worked with pediatric HIV patients at the Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in Epworth, Zimbabwe. All of Ann’s patients are under twenty years old. Many are orphans and have suffered stigma from their community—or even family—because they are HIV positive. Support groups help these young people to reclaim their dignity. Here, Ann remembers a particular patient at the clinic.

November 20, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Monica Arend-Trujillo recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Bo, Sierra Leone. Patient names have been changed.

Yesterday was a day of three miracles—two of our sickest-ever patients were discharged, and a baby girl survived against all the odds.

November 03, 2014

In Sierra Leone, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs two Ebola Case Management Centers (CMCs)—one in Bo and another in Kailahun—with over 1,400 staff. The Kailahun Ebola Case Management Center was opened on June 26, 2014. To date, MSF teams have admitted more than 600 patients with confirmed Ebola, of whom 292 have recovered. Here, staff members at the CMCs discuss their experiences.

October 31, 2014

Dr. Erna Rijnierse is currently working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Bentiu,South Sudan, which has been the scene of heavy fighting for several days now. Here she discusses the situation on the ground.

October 28, 2014

As a teenager, Gibson Chijaka was diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). Cases like Gibson's are attributed to TB’s highly contagious nature and the high rates of HIV in the region. While early detection and prompt treatment of confirmed cases is key to DR-TB prevention, treatment, and control, this form of TB is very difficult to treat compared to drug sensitive TB. It takes a long time and many pills to get cured, but Gibson went through it all.

October 24, 2014

MSF project coordinator Roelant Zwaanswijk discusses the situation in Boguila, CAR, six months after violence forced MSF to reduce activities.

October 23, 2014

MSF head of mission Delphine Chedorge discusses the situation in Bangui, where conflict continues.

October 22, 2014

 

On Monday, October 20, medical doctor and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field worker Silje Lehne Michalsen was discharged from Oslo University Hospital, Ulleval. She was treated for Ebola hemorrhagic fever after having contracted the disease in Sierra Leone in early October.

Michalsen is now fully recovered and no longer contagious.

October 21, 2014

 

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has admitted more than 4,500 patients to its treatment centers. Among these, more than 2,700 were confirmed as having Ebola.

Amidst all the loss and suffering, there are several stories of survival. Today, out of all the patients cared for in MSF’s projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, we celebrate the 1,000th survivor.

October 17, 2014

 

Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is  important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?

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