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11 February, 2015
  Patient education and counselling in preparation for anti-retroviral treatment (ART) initiation is considered a key determinant of treatment adherence. Yet, delays between establishing a person’s eligibility for ART and starting a person on ART has been shown to result in high losses to care, increasing the risk of morbidity and mortality...
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26 January, 2015
The Ebola outbreak that hit West Africa in 2014 dominated the headlines for months, eclipsing coverage of other medical emergencies. It was an enormously important crisis, with many  lessons learned during the response phase and with much work remaining to be done. But if we focus too intently on any single disease, we risk overlooking less...
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26 January, 2015
  What began in 2011 in Syria as protests inspired by the Arab Spring has become an entrenched and bloody conflict that shows no sign of resolution. Today, with an estimated 200,000 people killed and 7.6 million people displaced within the country and 3.2 million refugees registered outside, Syria is seen as the world’s most grave...
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22 January, 2015
  The rapid scale up of antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage in South Africa has improved access to treatment for HIV positive patients significantly. However, expanding treatment programmes are now facing increases in the number of patients failing treatment. 1 For optimal clinical outcomes, adherence to ART should be greater than 95% (1...
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20 January, 2015
  Bringing down barriers to affordable and adapted vaccines Immunization is one of the most efficient ways to reduce child mortality. Yet, every year 1 child out of 5  (under the age of 1 year) is not fully vaccinated, putting him/ her at risk of dying of preventable diseases such as measles, pneumonia or diarrhoea.  In the 2nd edition of...
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2 January, 2015
  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...
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18 December, 2014
  Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it is known locally, was the strongest typhoon ever recorded at landfall, ripped through the central Philippines on 8 November 2013. It caused devastation on an unprecedented scale – roofs were ripped off, villages were flattened, livelihoods were swept away and a tsunami-like storm surge claimed more than 6,300...
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1 November, 2014
Piloted by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Khayelitsha, the award-winning ART Adherence Club model focuses on patient participation and peer support, for improved treatment adherence. This simple model allows patient groups to collect pre-packed, two-month supplies of treatment from lay health workers either at the clinic...
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6 August, 2014
  Since the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF) cancelled its funding round in 2011, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), governments, and people affected by the three diseases have all called for international efforts to scale up HIV, TB and malaria programmes to be put back on track. Several key high-impact interventions have been...
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4 July, 2014
  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 support Swaziland in responding ...
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