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Submitted by admin on December 25, 2018

Wish MSF all the best in their efforts globally and in India

I support charities based on the cause they work towards, how efficiently they are run, and if they are recognised as a trustworthy organisation — and I started supporting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) based on their standing on these three parameters. I originally got to know about their work when they won the Nobel Peace Prize, and I hope they will continue their good work ethically, professionally and with compassion.

Video: Explaining kala azar-HIV coinfection

Kala azar or visceral leishmaniasis a neglected tropical disease and the second-largest parasitic killer in the world. India accounts for over 30% of the total kala azar cases in the world. 80% of these cases occur in Bihar. Since 2007, MSF is providing treatment for kala azar in Bihar. While there has been a sharp decline in the number of kala azar cases over the last few years, the disease cannot be eliminated without addressing one of its complications: kala azar-HIV co-infection.

Submitted by admin on November 25, 2018

"I wish MSF team success in their humanitarian healthcare initiatives"

I was impressed by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) when I read about it in 1999 -MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the organisation announced the money would go towards raising awareness of and fighting against neglected diseases. I heard about MSF India in 2017 when some of its representatives visited our institute (IIT Jodhpur) seeking donations for the malnutrition campaign in remote areas of India. I hope my contribution helped MSF reach out to the needy.

Bihar: On the frontline of treating kala azar-HIV co-infection

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 treating over 12,000 kala azar patients in Bihar, northeast India, MSF launched activities to treat people co-infected with kala azar and HIV in 2017. Over 700 people have received treatment since the project opened.

 

Submitted by admin on September 18, 2018

Zoya's story: "I have returned from the brink of death"

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 Borders India / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ward in Patna, Bihar. 

Submitted by admin on August 27, 2018

I feel proud to be associated with MSF

It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India for the last two years. The selfless efforts of medical professionals working in remote and rural areas of India, where poor people are suffering from several serious ailments, are praiseworthy. I feel proud to contribute a little for this great cause and urge our countrymen to come forward to help such needy people. We should also be grateful to the ‘Almighty’ for providing us the capability and inner strength to contribute towards humanity.