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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…
May 07, 2018
Diptheria: Fighting a forgotten disease in Bangladesh

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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
In Jharkhand, an Indian state known for its diverse tribal communities, the number of people that are malnourished is persistently higher than the national average. Since June 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating severe acute malnutrition in the town of…
A mother looks on as her child is measured with a MUAC tape for symptoms of malnutrition at Pusalota health centre.
Manighandan SivaramakrishnanAfter providing mental healthcare for inmates in a prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, for over five years, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently handed over its project to government authorities. Manighandan Sivaramakrishnan, a public health…
Healing invisible wounds of stigma and discrimination in Zimbabwe prison
  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…
  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.”
Covered in dust, four-year-old Ahmed* sits on his father`s lap outside the MSF hospital in west Mosul. The boy devours a biscuit that’s just been handed to him, covering his face in chocolate. For the moment, Ahmed seems distracted from the horrors he`s survived, including the death of his two…
Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are being forcibly returned to northeast Nigeria. In March 2017, three of them told MSF staff their stories.   Mayara*, 35 years old, 16 March 2017 I am originally from a village, not too far from here, but fled to Kolofata in Cameroon more than one year ago…
Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
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
In Jharkhand, an Indian state known for its diverse tribal communities, the number of people that are malnourished is persistently higher than the national average. Since June 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating severe acute malnutrition in the town of…
A mother looks on as her child is measured with a MUAC tape for symptoms of malnutrition at Pusalota health centre.
Manighandan SivaramakrishnanAfter providing mental healthcare for inmates in a prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, for over five years, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) recently handed over its project to government authorities. Manighandan Sivaramakrishnan, a public health…
Healing invisible wounds of stigma and discrimination in Zimbabwe prison
I have been working at the clinic in Meerut from the day it opened.  The assessment we had done prior to opening the clinic had indicated that Meerut district was one of the hepatitis C hotspots. But nothing could have prepared us for the numbers we are seeing now. MSF Dr Sevantee Ghosh…
Uttar Pradesh: "Hepatitis C is more than a disease" Photo: Ravi Mishra
More than 2,000 international and national staff, from doctors, nurses and mental health counsellors, to logisticians, translators and social workers, are working as part of MSF’s medical and humanitarian response, which has rapidly scaled-up since late August 2017. Our Bangladeshi staff are at the…
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