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Tajikistan: Helping children fight TB

Initially, I was a little apprehensive. I have worked as a clinical psychologist before, but never with people living with tuberculosis (TB).

Tajikistan is one of 27 high multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB, or TB that is resistant to first-line drugs) burden countries in the world (WHO). MSF runs a paediatric TB care programme in the country, providing diagnosis and treatment to children living with TB.

Submitted by admin on August 30, 2016

Tajikistan: Helping children fight TB

Initially, I was a little apprehensive. I have worked as a clinical psychologist before, but never with people living with tuberculosis (TB).

Tajikistan is one of 27 high multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB, or TB that is resistant to first-line drugs) burden countries in the world (WHO). MSF runs a paediatric TB care programme in the country, providing diagnosis and treatment to children living with TB.

MSF in the Mediterranean: Assisted in rescues involving 3,000 people in a single day

 
August 30, 2016: Yesterday – Monday, August 29 - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s search and rescue boat Dignity I contributed to the rescue of around 3000 people drifting in about 20 rubber dinghies and several wooden boats, one of which carried between 600-700 people, in the central Mediterranean.
 

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Taking on malaria in unseen India

“In the beginning, patients did not know the word ‘malaria’. It was a new word for them,” recalls Y. Sanjay Kumar, a health education supervisor working with MSF since 2007. “But nowadays some patients come to our clinic and say, ‘Help me. I have malaria’. They know that chills, fever and headache can mean malaria.”

MSF condemns attack on rescue vessel in Mediterranean Sea

Brussels, 25 August 2016: On 17 August 2016, while conducting search and rescue operations off the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue vessel ‘Bourbon Argos’, was approached and attacked by a group of armed men on board an unidentified speedboat. MSF strongly condemns this violent act towards a medical humanitarian organisation, whose sole objective in the Mediterranean is to provide search and rescue activities in the absence of safe and legal channels for those fleeing armed conflict, disasters and extreme poverty.