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

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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.

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.

June 11, 2014

Alice John, 17, is being treated for cholera at an MSF CTC in Juba, South Sudan.

June 11, 2014

Kiden Margaret's two-year-old son is receiving treatment for cholera in Juba, South Sudan.

June 11, 2014

All three of Unice Keji's grandchildren are receiving treatment for cholera in Juba, South Sudan.

June 06, 2014

MSF Head of Mission Brian Moller discusses the situation in Juba, where MSF is working to treat an outbreak of cholera.

June 06, 2014

Mother of two Mary Keiji rushed her children to an MSF cholera treatment center in Juba, South Sudan.

February 19, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating prisoners and ex-prisoners for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in the Donetsk region of Ukraine since June 2012. In this interview, MSF Field Coordinator Paola Mermati, discusses the challenges faced by the MSF team—and by their patients.

How are these patients different from others?

October 29, 2013

Five-year-old Umeda didn't get much support in the hospital in Tajikistan, but she made sure she took her MDR-TB medication every day, all by herself.

October 29, 2013

"I had a fever, was nauseous, and was coughing up blood," said 18 -year-old Mijgona. "That seems so long ago now."

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