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Kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases in the world. It is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand flies and attacks the immune system. While cases of the disease are declining steadily, kala azar-HIV co-infection is fast becoming a serious threat. After…
September 18, 2018
Bihar: "I try to bring hope to patients with kala azar-HIV co-infection through counselling"

Stories from the field

Kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases in the world. It is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand flies and attacks the immune system. While cases of the disease are declining steadily, kala azar-HIV co-infection is fast becoming a serious threat. After…
Bihar: "I try to bring hope to patients with kala azar-HIV co-infection through counselling"
As well as suffering a lack of awareness and social stigma, kala azar-HIV co-infected patients are also prone to other infections, relapse more often and are at a greater risk of death. 39-year-old Zoya shares her story of recovery after being treated for kala azar and HIV at Doctors Without…
Zoya's story: "I have returned from the brink of death"
An experienced nurse, Patient Muhindo Kamavu was one of four experienced MSF nurses who were the first on the ground alongside the Ministry of Health to respond to the Ebola outbreak declared on 1 August in Mangina, Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A veteran of both Ebola outbreaks this…
DRC: "With the new Ebola outbreak, we knew we had to act fast"
Miriam Alia, an MSF vaccination expert, has just returned from Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Miriam worked as a medical referent in the area of Itipo, the epicentre of the recent outbreak. She explains how MSF took part in the ring vaccination against the disease and…
DRC: “Congolese health staff have shown an amazing commitment to fight Ebola”
1 July is observed in India as National Doctors’ Day. To mark the occasion we asked three MSFers how they became doctors, and what it means to be a doctor without borders.     Shazeer Majeed  As a kid, I grew up listening to people say I had to be a doctor like my father. I joined M.B.B.S. just…
National Doctors’ Day: “Treating the most vulnerable in the most critical situations”
“At first, we didn’t believe in Ebola,” says Marie-Vincent, a woman recently discharged from MSF’s Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has just recovered from the virus after her entire family fell sick. Marie-Vincent doesn’t know how old she is, but she…
As well as suffering a lack of awareness and social stigma, kala azar-HIV co-infected patients are also prone to other infections, relapse more often and are at a greater risk of death. 39-year-old Zoya shares her story of recovery after being treated for kala azar and HIV at Doctors Without…
Zoya's story: "I have returned from the brink of death"
“At first, we didn’t believe in Ebola,” says Marie-Vincent, a woman recently discharged from MSF’s Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has just recovered from the virus after her entire family fell sick. Marie-Vincent doesn’t know how old she is, but she…
  For World TB Day 2018, we celebrate the courage and endurance of four MSF patients who are currently undergoing treatment for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).  Pooja, Rekha, Vikas and Sita are receiving care in MSF’s DR-TB programme in Mumbai, where a multi-disciplinary MSF team is providing patients…
Shailja was three months pregnant when she first came to Umeed Ki Kiran, a community-based clinic run by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in North West Delhi’s densely populated Jahangirpuri area. She looked anxious and confused. Like a lot of women from this area, she had…
More than 688,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar, a district in southeast Bangladesh, since late August 2017, after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. They joined several other thousands who had made the same journey in previous crises. The refugees – from a minority Muslim…
Bangladesh: Forced from home
A thin framed Kamla looked around through her meek sunken eyes, unsure whether she was at the right place, wondering whether she should share her experience or not. This was the first time she was visiting MSF’s Umeed ki Kiran clinic on the recommendation of our health educator. It was the friendly…
“He would come home drunk, beat me, pee on my face and threaten to abuse me in worse ways.”
Kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases in the world. It is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand flies and attacks the immune system. While cases of the disease are declining steadily, kala azar-HIV co-infection is fast becoming a serious threat. After…
Bihar: "I try to bring hope to patients with kala azar-HIV co-infection through counselling"
An experienced nurse, Patient Muhindo Kamavu was one of four experienced MSF nurses who were the first on the ground alongside the Ministry of Health to respond to the Ebola outbreak declared on 1 August in Mangina, Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A veteran of both Ebola outbreaks this…
DRC: "With the new Ebola outbreak, we knew we had to act fast"
Miriam Alia, an MSF vaccination expert, has just returned from Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Miriam worked as a medical referent in the area of Itipo, the epicentre of the recent outbreak. She explains how MSF took part in the ring vaccination against the disease and…
DRC: “Congolese health staff have shown an amazing commitment to fight Ebola”
1 July is observed in India as National Doctors’ Day. To mark the occasion we asked three MSFers how they became doctors, and what it means to be a doctor without borders.     Shazeer Majeed  As a kid, I grew up listening to people say I had to be a doctor like my father. I joined M.B.B.S. just…
National Doctors’ Day: “Treating the most vulnerable in the most critical situations”
Paul Jawor, an MSF water and sanitation expert, has just returned from Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Paul was working in and around the remote village of Iboko, where cases of Ebola have been confirmed. He explains the challenges MSF teams are facing on the frontline…
Democratic Republic of Congo: Fighting Ebola on the ground, a race against time
Kashmir-based medical doctor Samreen Hussain recently returned from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, where she worked as part of a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team providing medical care to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. In this piece, she describes the challenges posed by the…
Diptheria: Fighting a forgotten disease in Bangladesh
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