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 Visit MSF projects around the world and see what we really do. This month, we are getting a clearer picture of the AIDS epidemic in Malawi and we visit our team in Jordan who are rebuilding shattered lives in the Middle East.We are also preparing for the rainy season in South Sudan and we look to kala azar's forgotten patients. 
 MSF together with the Bihar State’s Ministry of Health has organised several activities for the public throughout Vaishali District to mark the second annual Kala Azar day. In 2012, Bihar state declared 15 March as ‘Kala Azar Day’ in order to focus much-needed attention on this neglected disease, and emphasize the government’s commitment to the elimination of Kala Azar. On this occasion...
Kala Azar (Leishmaniasis)Along with Chagas disease and sleeping sickness, kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – after malaria – it is the second largest parasitic killer in the world.Kala azar is endemic in 47 countries with approximately 200 million people at risk of infection.  The parasite is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand...
Dr Prinitha Pillay, MSF South Africa’s board president, spoke to SABC Channel Africa radio journalist, Jane Mathebula, about the state of health care in South Sudan in the wake of the country’s independence. Pillay spent nine months working in South Sudan between 2010 and 2011. “The situation in South Sudan today in fact remains a humanitarian emergency,” Pillay said....
Largely unknown in the developed world, Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that affects more than 12 million people worldwide. Kala azar, the visceral form of the disease is particularly prevalent in some areas of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and East Africa.  Fatal if not treated, kala azar is transmitted by the bite of a sand fly. There is no accurate data on cases numbers but it is...
FULBARIA, Bangladesh - Today, a new medical programme bringing hope to thousands of kala azar sufferers in Bangladesh is being launched by humanitarian medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Bangladesh.   The joint initiative between the Government and MSF will bring free lifesaving...
An MSF nurse prepares an injection for treatment of kala azar at an MSF-run facility in Pibor, Jonglei State, which neighbours Upper Nile State, where MSF is responding to high numbers of new kala azar patients. Photo: Jenn Warren Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is preparing to open an additional kala azar referral treatment site in Malakal, in the Upper...
The neglected and deadly disease kala azar - also called visceral leishmaniasis - is currently being reported in 45 districts of Bangladesh. MSF is working in two areas of Mymensingh district, which has 60 percent of the country’s cases.
Epidemic compounds existing medical humanitarian crisis. Photo: Cédric Gerbehaye / Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund / VU' Juba, 16th December 2010: As Southern Sudan heads towards a January 9th referendum on secession, it is battling to contain its biggest kala azar outbreak in eight years. The severity of this outbreak is just one symptom of the wider medical...
Kala azar—or visceral leishmaniasis—is a treatable but largely neglected disease. Southern Sudan is currently facing a massive kala azar epidemic. This is a region where three-quarters of the population has no access to basic medical care, and the health system is unable to deal with an emergency on this scale.
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