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Myanmar seeks new ways to tackle urgent health threat of drug-resistant TB

Country’s first international symposium to tackle DR-TB crisis begins 22 August

"These people need assistance, more than ever.”

Christine Bimansha is a medical doctor from Congo and one of Médecins Sans Frontières’ experienced...


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"Eight months ago, I fell sick..."

Omar is 39 years old. Suffering from multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, he has been under the Médecins Sans Frontières team at Zougdidi since last July. Two months after starting his treatment, he was able to leave hospital to...

18/03/2008 Georgia

"HIV positive people were not treated as normal human beings"

Thembi Ngcamphalala is an ‘expert client’ for Médecins Sans Frontières in Swaziland’s remote Shiselweni region, sharing her experiences and counselling people who are living with HIV/AIDS. She is a joyful and energetic woman,...

13/08/2012 Swaziland

A beam of hope in Tawila Hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières opens newly renovated hospital in North Darfur

08/04/2010 Sudan

Eden loses his leg due to violence in eastern DRC

Eden, a nine-year-old boy, was seriously injured in the recent fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group in Goma, eastern Congo. He is one of 60 wounded patients...

03/12/2012 Democratic Republic of Congo

Ending My Journey with XDR-TB

They lay there on a small saucer – five bright yellow capsules, a big white tablet and a brown capsule. And with one brave last gulp Phumeza Tisile, aged 23 years, put an end to her daily ritual of the last two years and...

30/08/2013 South Africa

From Libya to Agadez: the difficult return

Habiba Ismael has dark rings under her eyes and looks tired. She has agreed to open the door of her house in the neighbourhood of Dagamanete in Agadez, Niger, to tell Médecins Sans Frontières the story of her journey from Libya....

24/08/2011 Niger, Libya

Gaining acceptance for mental healthcare in Darfur

Musa was chained naked to a tree stump for five years as an act of love. In Darfur, Sudan, as in many regions of the world where treatment for psychiatric illness is seldom understood, nor available, protecting a man from...

21/07/2008 Sudan

Gaza - Médecins Sans Frontières patients tell their stories

Nour, Naël and Naima suffer from painful, disabling wounds and were not properly treated. They have entered the Médecins Sans Frontières post-operative care programs.

13/03/2008 Palestinian Territories

In Chad, little Fadilla beats three killer diseases

Fadilla is tiny, but her cheeks are chubby and her eyes are bright. After a three-hour trip on the back of a motorbike with her grandmother and father, the two-year-old waits with her family under a scrubby tree for the mobile...

12/07/2012 Chad

In Hargeisa’s Shadaha camp, life flourishes amidst hardship

“Having a baby is a joy. Having three is a triple blessing,” says Fardows Abu-Bakr, 34, who recently gave birth to healthy triplets in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She gazes at Sudais, Su’ad and Sadiyo with love, pride and...

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