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Almost ten days have passed since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, and while aid is reaching airports, seaports, and cities, people in many rural areas are still struggling without assistance.

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"People are sharing the little they still have. The kids play everywhere, with anything. I am always astonished to see how kids manage to stay kids in such apocalyptic situations."

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MSF doctor Johan von Schreeb describes the situation in Guiuan, Philippines, where an MSF emergency team is treating patients.

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MSF doctor Esther Sterk describes the situation in the Philippines, where MSF is working to provide aid in the wake of a devastating typhoon.

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MSF will focus initially on Leyte Province, the area first hit as the typhoon came ashore, and where many medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged.

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With malnutrition, it’s often just one, simple intervention that can change a child’s life forever. That was the case for a little boy named Tidjani, who came to our hospital gravely ill.

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Innovative, lifesaving tools like therapeutic food packets help Doctors Without Borders quickly treat as many children as we can.

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"But even in extreme cases, there is hope. Malnourished children can recover quickly when they receive quality medical care in time."

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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.

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"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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