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16 April, 2014
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are facing an unprecedented phenomenon with an outbreak of Ebola now hitting several areas from the southeast of the country to capital city Conakry. Institut Pasteur confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus in Guinea at the end of March. At the beginning of April, the Ministry of Health reported 134 suspected cases and 84 deaths.
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3 April, 2014
Muslims from Central African Republic (CAR) pass through Carnot, a town in western CAR, on their way to safety in Cameroon. Many people have been trapped in the town by fighting, atrocities and looting. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working in Carnot hospital.
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20 March, 2014
Drug resistant TB is gaining ground in South Africa, with 15 000 new cases diagnosed in 2012, double the cases recorded four years previously. Of these, nearly 8% are resistant to the very few second-line drugs available and have extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Khayelitsha in the Western Cape has one of the highest burdens of TB and drug resistant TB strains. Crowded conditions enable the airborne spread of TB in shacks, taxis and trains, with 80% of people becoming unknowingly...
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20 March, 2014
Broyan, an inmate at Yerevan prison in Armenia, takes 13 pills and gets two injections every day for his extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). "I am optimistic because I can feel the difference," he says. "I think I will be cured." Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treated nearly 30,000 TB patients in 2013 in 90 projects around the world.
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20 March, 2014
Vardan in Armenia has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). In 2013 he underwent surgery to remove his left lung. His treatment for MDR-TB has been arduous and painful. "During that seven year period [before surgery] I spent a total of eight months at home with my family. I spent the other six and a half years in hospitals." After surgery the side effects of his drugs became almost intolerable, but he persevered. Today, he still suffers from side effects but he is much improved. "I am...
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18 March, 2014
Marta is receiving bedaquilin and impenem for her extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Yerevan, Armenia. These are not new drugs but they are newly available in Armenia and can make treatment more effective. But, says TB doctor Hakob Atsheyan, "you can say this is a last chance." Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treated nearly 30,000 TB patients in 2013 in 90 projects around the world. Join us and call for urgent action to improve care for DR-TB patients! Sign the MSF petition www....
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4 March, 2014
In the Tomping camp, in Juba, South Sudan, living conditions are extremely poor. The camp is overcrowded, with only 10 square metres for every person in the camp, and water and sanitation is also a major problem. More than fifty people have to share the same latrine, which is above the emergency threshold standard for such a setting. The rainy season will start at the end of March, which, unless residents are moved to a place that is less crowded with a better drainage system, will cause an...
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3 March, 2014
For decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been in the grip of an emergency. Violence in its eastern provinces are an everyday occurrence that has torn the country apart and left millions dead. 'Everyday Emergency' is a three-part film - released in conjunction with the public report of the same name on Monday 3rd March - that explores what life is like for those caught in the crossfire of a decades-long war which shows little sign of relenting. In November 2013, a film crew...
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24 February, 2014
Violence continues to spread through northwester Central African Republic (CAR). MSF teams have opened a new project in Bouar, a town severely impacted by the conflict. Around 6,000 people remain trapped there, unable to seek health care or other needs. MSF began supporting the hospital in Bouar a month ago.
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19 February, 2014
The tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine is among the most severe in the European region, with nearly 700,000 people infected.All photos by Alexander Glyadyelov
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