18-year-old Mijgona, right, is the first fully-cured multi-drug-resistant TB patient in MSF’s project in Tajikistan. “The difference couldn’t be greater,” said her mother, at left. “She was very ill, she was a different person then.” http://bit.ly/HuUAaC
MSF’s outgoing international president, Dr. Unni Karunakara, left Sunday on a journey by bicycle from one end of India to the other. It’s a 3,000+ mile (5000 km) journey that Unni will use to spark a dialogue on health, healthcare, and humanitarianism. You can follow his progress here: https://www.cycleformsf.in/unnicycles/
The view from an MSF vehicle in Central African Republic. The roads outside the capital Bangui are minimal, and during the rainy season impassable. MSF scaled up its projects in CAR when a coup d’état in March left communities with no access to any health care. Clinics were looted, health workers fled, and the loss of income made it impossible for people to pay for health care. MSF is providing treatment for HIV, malaria, malnutrition, and more.
Mental health needs among Syrian refugees are steadily increasing. In Domeez camp, Iraq, “disorders such as schizophrenia and severe depression are becoming more commonplace, and we are seeing many patients who have suicidal tendencies.” MSF psychologists and counselors have worked here along with medical staff for over a year now. Read more: http://bit.ly/1bcvJm3
Tuesday at 8pm EDT! MSF Delivers: Join MSF for an online discussion of the challenges of delivering life-saving obstetric care to women in the countries where we work. The panel will include MSF obstetrician/gynecologists and a nurse-midwife who have worked in countries throughout Africa as well as in Central and South Asia and Oceania.
MSF doctor Kristoffer Vogler leads a crowd of people carrying an injured child on an improvised stretcher. The child was among dozens of civilians who were attacked amid clashes between armed groups in the Masisi area of Democratic Republic of Congo. MSF supports the hospital in Masisi and health centers in the area, as well as running mobile clinics. Read more: http://bit.ly/1cdUEsU
See the new documentary ‘Fire in the Blood’ at IFC Center in New York City through Thursday. An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly, and malice,” it tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south, leading to ten million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Get details
The U.S. and 11 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) in secret. Provisions of the deal could keep affordable lifesaving medicines out of the hands of people in developing countries. We want negotiation texts made public.
Fortunately MSF is here because the hospital was completely trashed and looted during the entry of the rebels into Bossangoa. I was afraid I would not have medications to continue my treatment, because there was nothing. But today, I have medicine.
As negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement continue in Malaysia, MSF urges negotiating countries to reject provisions that threaten to restrict access to affordable medicines. Read our open letter to the #TPP countries: http://ow.ly/n16Tb