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A medical forum in Armenia gathers health authorities and specialists to discuss tuberculosis, one of the main public health issues in the region. New drugs and therapeutic approaches give hope of better treatment outcomes. Joint and renewed efforts are needed to obtain a better access to the most effective drugs and new treatment regimens for the resistant form of the disease. Yerevan / Paris...
As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urges all parties to the conflict to halt shelling of hospitals and ensure civilians can reach safe places. In response to the surge in violence over the last two weeks, the organization is urgently expanding its support to hospitals on both sides of the frontline as continued heavy fighting traps civilians...
With continued fighting in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, MSF is providing medical supplies, including dressings, bandages, syringes, antibiotics and stretchers, to hospitals in the region. MSF has been working in Donetsk since 2011, running a program to treat patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis within the regional penitentiary system. Since March 2014, MSF has also been...
  Introduction Drug resistant tuberculosis (DR TB) patient support models of care were designed and piloted by MSF OCB Khayelitsha project in response to the need for a structured approach to the treatment literacy and counseling offered to patients diagnosed with DR TB. This training module should be read and used by trainers to design DR TB patient support...
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) robbed 24-year-old Phumeza Tisile, a former Doctors Without Borders (MSF) patient of her hearing... Now, she is fighting to get it back through a national fundraising campaign, but time is running out. Read article HERE
  In Zimbabwe’s many places people still live a rural life with their cattle and goats, existing from what they cultivate. Big clinics are far away. For those living with HIV who need their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regularly this may cause big problems. To bring the drugs to the patients, in 2012 Doctors without Borders (MSF) started decentralising...
In their quest to gain the much needed support countrywide, Doctors Without Borders South Africa/ Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) representatives Prince Moalafi and Bongolethu Maqungo undertook a fundraising campaign at The Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre last week... The dynamic duo took to the centre's busy passages to persuade festive shoppers to sign up and support the humanitarian...
  72% of stock outs of 53 drugs unresolved – Stop Stock Outs Project demands urgent action plan to avert crisis for thousands of patients JOHANNESBURG – The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) calls for immediate action by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to avert crisis for thousands of patients as a spike in unaddressed medicine stock outs at public healthcare...
With winter settling in in eastern Ukraine, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is continuing its support to hospitals on both sides of the frontline, and expanding its psychological assistance to help people living in some of the hardest hit areas. Despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement on 5 September, fighting has continued in several cities and towns, with particularly heavy clashes taking...
Andaleeb Rinquest remembers the moment she accepted, with certainty, the imminence of her own death... Lying in a state hospital ward for extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) patients, in the painful final throes of the disease, she looked to her left... There her friend Jolene, similarly weak and skeletal, lay... Jolene’s family were too poor to travel 50 kilometres from...
Pretoria, 30 October - Three drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients-turned-activists, including Phumeza Tisile, Andaleeb Rinquest and Morgan Scholtz will be joined by health advocates in handing over a letter to the Registrar of Medicines signed by over 100 clinicians, organisations and patients with DR-TB. The letter demands the immediate registration of a generic version of linezolid,...
South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly... To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say... Many pilot projects to do that have been started among them the Sex Workers Project, the Ndlovu Care Group and the Doctors...
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Cape Town's executive mayor, Patricia de Lille is overwhelmed by the sterling services provided by Doctors without Borders (MSF) at Khayelitsha Site C Youth Clinic... De Lille says the clinic was a good example of effective partnerships and collaboration... The enhanced health services at the clinic are provided in partnership with MSF... This organisation works with the city health staff in...
  Ninety-nine patients in Swaziland who successfully completed their treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis have been presented with certificates by MSF saying “I got tested and cured of TB”. Proudly holding her certificate, which reads “I got tested and cured of TB”, is Khanyi. Thirty-five years old and a mother of two, Khanyi lives in Logoba, an...
With 26 percent of the adult population infected with HIV, Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV prevalence. The country is also faced with a tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, and is becoming more difficult to treat following the emergence of drug resistant forms of the disease. In Swaziland more than 80 percent of people infected with TB...
  Swaziland is a small, sub-Saharan African country with a population of only 1.2 million people and one of the world’s highest rates of both HIV prevalence and new TB infections. Since the early 1990’s, when these two diseases took root in the country, life expectancy has plummeted by more than 11 years. To ...
A cheaper version of a lifesaving drug to treat drug resistant TB will now be available in South Africa but only for a few patients... Doctors without Borders has been granted special access to a generic of a powerful antibiotic that costs more than R700 per tablet but it’s the only body allowed to use the cheaper drug at R85 a tablet. Read article and watch video HERE...
Siyabulela Qwaka, a drug-resistant TB survivor was lucky to access a high-strength antibiotic, Linezolid to cure XDR-TB  under the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) pilot project in Khayelitsha... Then, very few patients could access the drug, but now it is hoped that many patients suffering from the disease are likely to be cured as the Medicines Control (MCC) has approved the...
The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has granted humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) access to a cheaper drug to treat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)... The MCC's decision is the conclusion of a three-year battle for MSF and comes a few weeks after the MSF lodged a high court case against the MCC... This followed the regulatory body's failure to convene a statutory...
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