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

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.

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.

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."

October 29, 2013

One year after XDR-TB left her barely able get out of bed, 16-year-old Shahmosa is looking to get back in school, possibly even become a nurse one day.

October 29, 2013

Due to treatment from MSF and ceaseless support from his family, a 4-year-old boy in Tajikistan outlasted a form of TB few thought he would survive.

August 22, 2013

Two stories of people in Myanmar who went through treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis with MSF in Myanmar.