I was not really thinking to be a medical person, but after all of the death I saw and after my treatment, I felt that this is the most important thing that I can now do.
I immediately transferred him from the Feeding Program to the ICU and started our most aggressive Kala Azar treatment. He was so sick. It was questionable if it was possible to bring him back from the brink. But slowly, and with a few terrifying setbacks, he sat up, he ate, he smiled and then he walked.
The only realistic option for treating sleeping sickness today is to rely on specialised mobile medical teams that travel to affected areas to test and treat, as most patients with the disease are located in remote areas in fragile states. Even in these difficult contexts and with limited funding, mobile teams have done a great job…
…So if we are serious about eliminating this disease, we need properly funded treatment programmes that include screening and surveillance; continued support for innovative partnerships such as DNDi to deliver newer and better drugs and diagnostics; and better policies to develop affordable medicines for patients in poor countries; and public authorities need to step up and take the lead on developing and maintaining these programmes.
In Sudan, 75 percent of people do not have access to even basic healthcare. Critical gaps remain for basic medical services, and particularly for emergencies. Currently, more than 80 percent of healthcare available in South Sudan is provided by international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Inhumane living and hygiene conditions in detention facilities in the Evros region in Greece are causing major health problems for migrants and asylum seekers living there, according to a report issued today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Medical data collected by MSF reveal that more than 60 percent of the migrants’ medical conditions are directly caused by or linked to the degrading conditions. Out of the 1,809 patients treated by MSF doctors between December 2010 and March 2011, 1,147 were diagnosed with respiratory tract infections, body pains, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, psychological conditions, and skin diseases. Full press release.