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Chagas Chagas is a parasitic disease found on the American continent, where it affects 13 million people and kills up to 50,000 every year. The disease is transmitted by an insect that lives in the walls and roofs of mud and straw houses, common among rural areas and poor urban slums in South America. Millions of people, including those infected decades ago, go undetected and untreated. This is...
In natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, a speedy response is vital. Over the years MSF has developed medical and technical kits that allow emergency teams to set up hospitals and clinics and supply access to safe water within a matter of days or even hours.
When conflicts erupt, MSF immediately sends teams of doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists, specialised nurses and logisticians to the field with the necessary equipment to establish operating rooms and clinics, provide essential health care and train local medical and support staff. Nutrition services and epidemic control programmes are often an essential part of MSF’s life-saving services provided...
MSF believes that everyone has the right to basic medical care. In countries with collapsed or chronically disrupted health care systems, MSF works with the local authorities to rehabilitate hospital and clinic services. MSF also works with marginalized groups in countries with advanced economies such as street children, prisoners and illegal migrants who do not get adequate medical support.
Since 2000 MSF has been working in South Africa, primarily in response to the HIV epidemic. In Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape, MSF has worked with the provincial authorities to pioneer comprehensive HIV treatment, including antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, at a primary care level. Today, these clinics support over 6,000 people on ARV therapy. n 2003, together with the...
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