Working Fast to Cure Meningitis in Niger

Fatoumata Boubacar, 33, and her daughter Sabira Habibou 10 years. Sabira contracted the disease at school according to her mother.
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A meningitis epidemic is sweeping across Niger and has already infected more than 6,500 people and claimed 443 lives, according to health authorities. The illness is simple to treat but the patient must receive immediate care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is providing free medical care for patients. Teams are supporting local health centers in the capital, Niamey, which has been hit hard, to treat simple cases, while referring severe cases to Lazaret hospital, where more than 2,500 patients have been admitted since March 23. 

Patients wait their turn to come in the ambulatory.
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Fatoumata Boubacar, 33, and her daughter Sabira Habibou 10 years. Sabira contracted the disease at school according to her mother.
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Ibrahim Issiaka (center) , 24, is a street seller. He began to feel pain in his neck neck and had fever after visiting several hospitals it was accepted at the centre run by MSF.
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MSF Doctor Clement Van Galen carries a child with meningitis in critical condition.
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Ali Ousmane , 53, from Marabout , trying to refresh the fevered body of Bariratou, his 11 year old daughter watched by MSF Doctor Jessica. "She had symptoms last night at 8pm. I do not have a car so I had to wait until 6am this morning to take her to the clinic and after to Poudrière hospital, we finally arrived to Lazaret centre at 11am ." "I think she caught the disease at school." "She was given the first injection at the Poudrière Hospital and she should have been given a second tomorrow but died before it." "I have 4 boys and 3 girls (including Bariratou) " "I have taken a picture of her with my phone, so I will have a memory of her"
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Boubacar Abdulaziz, 9, accompanied by his grandfather Boubacar Ide, wait in a hospital to be treated for possible menengitis.
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Seven-year-old Abdouraza Hamani , contracted the disease at his school near Niamey airport. According to his mother there were many deaths at the school, but in recent days the government has started to vaccinate children. Patients arriving at the onset of the first symptoms have a 90% chance being cured.
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