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Test Me, Treat Me - Demanding Change for DR-TB Treatment

Phumeza Tisile, one of only a few South Africans who beat XDR-TB each year, will be going to the World Health Assembly to demand urgent change in the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), change which will save lives. 
Drug-resistant TB is on the rise in South Africa, with 15 000 cases diagnosed last year, double the number of cases recorded only four years before. Khayelitsha, where an Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is located, has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world.

Fistula: Prevention or Cure?

23 May marked the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here, MSF surgeon Dr Geert Morren talks about the physical and social distress that fistulas can cause, and why the issue needs attention.

South Sudan: Humanitarian Deadlock in Yida

Sudanese refugees are stranded at the center of complex political agendas that threaten to worsen their dire situation.

Niger: MSF treats cholera patients

Cholera has broken out in northern Niger in an area which is hosting large number of Malian refugees and which was hit by a cholera epidemic last year.

The cholera outbreak in northern Niger, which was declared by the health authorities on 11 May, has already affected more than 240 people, all of whom have received treatment from MSF. There have been six deaths. MSF has opened two cholera treatment centres in the regions of Mangaïzé and Ayorou, 150 and 200 km north of the capital, Niamey.

Renewed violence Hits Pinga in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy fighting over the last few days in Pinga, a town in the conflict-afflicted North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has made it difficult for Médecins Sans Frontières to carry out its vital medical work. Thousands of the town’s inhabitants have fled into the surrounding forests and eleven of MSF’s Congolese staff members are missing.

'We Ran Because of Fear. Four People in Our Village Were Killed in the Fighting'

Shaba is 35 years old and has been living in Jamam camp with her family since December.

“We left our village Buk in September because there was fighting. In Buk, we had everything, but now we are naked. Four people in our village were killed in the fighting. My husband and I ran with our five children, but we got separated. We ran because of fear. My husband had three children and I took two. After one day’s walk, we met again in Kukur.

MSF Fact Sheet: Malaria

What is Malaria?

Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted from person to person by the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These mosquitoes usually bite from around dusk to dawn. Once transferred to the human body, the infection travels to the liver where it multiplies and then enters the red blood cells. Inside the red blood cells the parasites multiply rapidly until they burst releasing even more parasites into the blood stream.

Malaria Drug Resistance and High Infection Rates a Potential Time Bomb

On 25th of April, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organisations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in terms of innovation and investment, Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries.

Know About Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation committed to two objectives: providing medical assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion, natural and man-made disasters, and speaking out about the plight of the populations assisted. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.