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Chenai Mathabire, 34, works as an epidemiologist in an MSF-run HIV/AIDS and TB project in Chiradzulu, Malawi. For the last nine months, her job as an operational research epidemiologist involved conducting TB screening tests and observing the effects of long-term ARV use on the emergence of non-communicable diseases in HIV patients.    A nurse and epidemiologist, Chenai expanded her...
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just recommended that countries move toward shorter treatment regimens for some people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), including people co-infected with HIV, children, and people with simple MDR-TB who have not been treated before or have no known resistance to any of the drugs in the regimen.  This recommendation comes following results from...
  Hailing from Rwanda, Aline Niyibizi (32) sets off for Niger soon where she will work for three months as an epidemiologist in a project focused on curbing meningitis outbreaks. Having first joined MSF in 2013, this is her fourth assignment in the field.  Aline has also worked on projects focusing on TB, HIV and maternal health in Chad, Kenya, South Africa and...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s Dr Eric Goemaere shares how he has actively supported various of Doctors Without Borders' (MSF)'s work for the past 35 years. Read article below.
Geneva –Two years after two new drugs to treat tuberculosis – the first in over 50 years – were conditionally approved for use, only 2% of the 150,000 people who need them have been able to access them, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF and other treatment providers are showing that stronger TB regimens containing one of the new TB drugs, bedaquiline (marketed by Johnson...
I am at Stellar Elite School today; my two year course in early childhood development is paying off. This is a primary school and I am teaching standard three students. My son John finished his treatment last year in August. When the day came, I took him to Green House, a clinic run by MSF, and surprisingly the staff had planned a small farewell party for him. I have...
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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