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New treatment regimens giving hope to XDR TB patients in Chechnya ​  
Since 2007, MSF has worked with partners in Khayelitsha to address the growing epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). MSF has implemented a decentralized model of DR-TB care, where the majority of DR-TB patients are initiated on treatment at primary health care level, a practice that avoids more expensive hospital stays and greatly reduces the time to starting DR-TB treatment....
     CAPE TOWN — As the TB Union Conference kicked off in Cape Town, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) challenged South Africa’s Department of Health (DOH) to scale up decentralized management and treatment initiation for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) to at least 1,000 primary health care (PHC) facilities by the end of 2016.  MSF...
Single tablet treatment will require costly clinical trial STRICT regulations imposed by the health authorities are likely to delay the arrival of a new tuberculosis drug for children... "The world has been waiting for more than five years for a fixed dose combination to be developed for children with TB, and Doctors Without Borders is preparing to use this new combination in its...
  MSF calls for companies to make new drugs to treat drug-resistant TB available and affordable Cape Town — Nearly three years since the first of two new tuberculosis (TB) medicines became available, the drugs remain out of reach for people who need them, with just two percent of people eligible for these treatments actually receiving them. The drugs bedaquiline, produced by Johnson...
Out of Step Report: A Survey of TB Policies in 24 Countries  
  Traversing the seas off the coast of Papua New Guinea’s Gulf Province can be treacherous. For around five months a year, the South East trade winds – the Laura Bada- regularly howl at around 30 knots per hour, whipping up a huge chop and ensuring many of the small open boats used in these parts remain mostly moored.  While the province is not completely isolated during those...
World leaders gather at the UN special Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (25 – 27 September) to adopt the a new blueprint for international development under the slogan “Leave no one behind”. The aspirations of the SDGs are commendable, but Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned that they lack a concrete plan to accelerate progress and address...
New 15-year blueprint to tackle global issues, including health, by 2030 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the motto “Leave no one behind” will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have guided development policies, including health, since 2000. World leaders representing the 193 United Nations Member States will adopt the SDGs at the end of September...
   Download the SAMU HIV/TB News Flash, July 2015 here.
2,000 prisoners living in Chichiri prison, Blantyre, Malawi. Despite it being built to hold just 800. Crowding and lack of hygiene are factors contributing to the spread of infectious diseases, in particular HIV, hepatitis and TB.  Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has worked in the prison since mid-2014, and has witnessed inhumane, overcrowded conditions and malnutrition amongst...
Interview with Tetyana Pylypenko, Doctors WIthout Borders (MSF) Medical Team Leader Tetyana Pylypenko is from Ukraine and has been working with MSF for over 10 years in her home country and abroad. She comes from a nursing background, and in 2014 held the position of Medical Team Leader in Nukus, Karakalpakstan region, Uzbekistan. Below she explains more about her work with...
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  In settings with a high HIV/TB burden and significant shortages of human resources for health (HRH), task shifting strategies have relied on lay workers to provide HIV testing and counselling (HTC) and adherence support for HIV and TB treatments. While in some countries these tasks were integrated into the work of existing community cadres such as...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says a new combination of drugs created to treat extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) is having a significant impact on a group of patients who are in the midst of a two-year treatment to cure their disease. In 2013, an MSF team in Grozny noticed that a growing number of patients with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) were not responding to second-line...
An MSF patient in Russia describes the physical and mental anguish of suffering from XDR-TB     Elena is a 35-year old resident of Grozny, Chechen Republic, in the Russian Federation. MSF diagnosed her with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in December 2013. Due to an absence of drugs for this form of tuberculosis, she was put on standard...
With more than one in 10 health facilities nationally reporting a drug stock out in the last nine months, this year’s SA AIDS Conference may have been more about what’s missing than what’s been done in the country’s HIV programme... Research into medicine shortages by the civil society coalition Stop the Stock Outs Project cast a long shadow over this year’s national AIDS...
  One of the biggest frustrations faced by rural clinicians at the coalface of healthcare delivery in clinics and district hospitals is that short, yet devastating sentence: “Sorry, it’s out of stock”. It is hard to describe the helplessness and anger one feels when cheap, yet important medications such as anti-hypertensives, anti-...
Stop Stock Outs Project releases second annual survey indicating persistent medicine shortages in majority of provinces and calls for an emergency response   DURBAN – Chronic shortages of essential medicines, including antiretroviral (ARVs), tuberculosis, vaccines and other medicines, in health facilities across South Africa require urgent, sustained and co-ordinated action from...
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