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March 23, 2018

Khumbulani, 16, has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). In 2017, he lost his hearing. In early 2018, his eyesight faded. The side effects were not from the disease, but from Khumbulani's treatment. Better drugs for resistant strains of TB exist, but too few people have access to them. It's time to #StepUpForTB

February 26, 2018

MSF has now treated more than 4,000 people for diphtheria since December 2017, according to Carla Pla, project medical director for an MSF hospital in Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees are living in camps in this area.  

May 22, 2017

Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, trash collection, and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours. 

March 31, 2017

This short 360° documentary from the Financial Times follows a child with typhoid, explains how an outbreak spreads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and how Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responds.

Use your mouse to drag the view from side to side, up and down. Or use the gray button in the top left corner of the video.

March 24, 2017

Patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have to take a fistful of pills and injections daily for up to two years. Side effects of these toxic drugs can include permanent deafness, nausea and vomiting, blindness, and psychosis. After decades without any new TB drugs, two powerful, less toxic medicines were finally released five years ago. But most patients can't get access to them. This needs to change.

March 21, 2017

Winile is a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patient with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Swaziland, and one of the many who have lost their hearing due to the toxicity of available MDR-TB drugs. Through an MSF program in Swaziland, she has learned sign language so she can continue to communicate.

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