Tuberculosis

With winter settling in in eastern Ukraine, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is continuing its support to hospitals on both sides of the frontline, and expanding its psychological assistance to help people living in some of the hardest hit areas. Despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement on 5...
On 28 November 2013, the plane landed in Donetsk International Airport on a chilly autumn night.
Following months of intense conflict, an increasingly alarming humanitarian situation is unfolding in eastern Ukraine, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Hospitals have been shelled, tens of thousands of people are displaced from their homes, and thousands of casualties have been reported. "The...
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Drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is on the rise in Southern Africa, fueled on the one hand by high HIV prevalence, and on the other by its highly contagious nature. The disease reaches deep into rural Zimbabwe where MSF runs a DR-TB project. Steps need to be taken urgently to curb transmission...
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Phumeza TISILE, co-author of the DR-TB Manifesto* and XDR-TB survivor, delivers urgent plea to World Health Assembly delegates on behalf of 50,000 supporters worldwide On the eve of the World Health Assembly adopting an ambitious 20-year global plan to address tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant...
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24th March is the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. A new briefing paper by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) outlines why the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is one of the biggest global health threats we face today. It calls on governments, pharmaceutical...
People living with MDR-TB and their healthcare providers call for urgent action If measures to tackle multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are not significantly stepped up, including addressing barriers that prevent both research into better drug combinations and treatment scale up, MDR-TB...
“I felt like I had bugs crawling on the inside of my head”. The highly toxic pills and daily injections that Mary was taking made her vomit, lose her appetite and hallucinate. And it was MSF doctors who were telling her she had to keep on taking them, had to bear all those “side effects” in the...
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MSF calls for rapid registration in countries with high drug-resistant tuberculosis burden Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomed the approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of bedaquiline, the first new drug active against tuberculosis (TB) to be registered since 1963. “The first new drug...
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New MSF multinational study of paediatric TB/HIV co-infection confirms crisis of undiagnosed TB among children Data from the largest-ever multinational cohort of children infected with both tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, released by the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans...
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