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Medical Issues

We work to help the people in greatest need, wherever they are. Our medics carry out more than eight million patient consultations a year and our medical activities run from basic vaccination campaigns to complex surgery.

Our emergency medical work extends to neglected, forgotten diseases and long-term care for chronic conditions. We also advocate for affordable, high-quality medicines for the world's poorest people.

Human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, is a parasitic infection found in sub-Saharan Africa and is transmitted by the tsetse fly.

An estimated 2.7 million people are bitten by venomous snakes worldwide every year, resulting in death for more than 100,000 people and life-long disfigurement and disability for 400,000 more.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Each year, it kills 1.4 million people, with another nine million suffering from the disease, mainly in developing countries.

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