Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

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July 25, 2014

 

Thirty-five-year-old Khanyi proudly holds her certificate, which reads “I got tested and cured of TB." A mother of two, Khanyi lives in Logoba, an overcrowded informal settlement in central Swaziland near the industrial town of Matsapha.

Three years ago, while taking care of her diabetic husband, who is also co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), Khanyi was herself diagnosed with TB.

August 13, 2012

Once "more dead than alive," a woman living with HIV in Swaziland's remote Shiselweni region is now healthy and trying to help others who are where she once was.

July 04, 2011

Real stories of people living with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Today's feature from Swaziland: "I do get a lot of emotional support from my family, but financially we are struggling."

October 29, 2009

“I understand what other patients are going through because, after all, I am also a patient. I take a minimum of 15 pills each day just to fight against drug-resistant TB."

October 26, 2009

Nikiwe, 30 years old, was diagnosed in early 2009 with drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Here, he talks about the daily struggle of being infected and the shame he feels living with his illness in a fearful community.

August 09, 2009

The Simelela center was set up to offer medical care, the collection of forensic evidence, counseling and follow-up care for victims of sexual violence in the rape-ravaged township of Khayelitsha. “We did a lot of work to raise awareness. We went door-to-door, held marches, and put on puppet shows for children at schools and crèches. We told them, ‘Speak up and break the silence about rape’. Married women or girlfriends who had been imprisoned in their own bedrooms told us what happened to them."

November 09, 2003

In Khayelitsha township, a poor area near Cape Town, Eric Goemaere, MD, head of MSF in South Africa, works with colleagues and local AIDS advocacy groups to bring antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to those who need it and to push the country's government to do much more.