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#MSF in collaboration with the National Health Mission (NHM), Bijapur organised a rally to mark #WorldAIDSDay yesterday (December 1). More than 200 high school students, Mitanins and MSF staff rallied through the streets of Bijapur town to demonstrate the organisation’s support for people living with #HIV and raise awareness on preventive measures against contracting HIV/AIDS. #AIDS
#WithoutBorders

Dr Harihara Subramanian recently returned from #Uzbekistan, where #MSF provides treatment for people living with #tuberculosis .

In this letter, he shares how MSF is battling against #TB in one of 27 high multidrug-resistant tuberculosis burden countries in the world for nearly two decades now. [ Bit.ly Link ]
On #WorldAIDSDay, let's not forget that millions of people around the world rely on affordable medicines made in #India to stay alive.
#WorldAidsDay2016

To mark World Aids Day 2016, we hear from people like Florence - the first patient from MSF's Epworth HIV program in Zimbabwe 10 years ago.

In the past 10 years, more than 30,000 patients in Zimbabwe have received free medical care at the Clinic. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Since the 1990s, antiretroviral drugs, or ARVs, have made it possible to live with the #HIV . ARVs stop the replication of the virus, but don’t kill it.

The ultimate goal in the control of HIV/ #AIDS is a vaccine. But so far, no vaccine has outsmarted this mutating virus.
Before getting sick with #AIDS, victims are infected with #HIV - human immunodeficiency virus.

HIV is transmitted via unprotected sex, direct contact with blood during blood transfusions and unsafe needle practice, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.

Here we have explained how an HIV-infected person falls ill with AIDS and becomes easy prey for...
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In 2013, over 35 million people were living with #HIV.

Containing the epidemic depends on the efforts put into prevention, but more importantly, on access to treatment. With 25 million people who are HIV-positive, which is by far the worst affected continent? #AIDS
The first sign of #HIV infection in a human was reported in 1959 in Kinshasa in Belgian Congo.

It was towards the end of the 1970s, in the United States, that HIV/AIDS really burst onto the scene. Because it affected a large number of men having sex with men, it was initially called the ‘gay cancer’.

But where did #AIDS originate from?
The year 2016 marks the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. By signing up to these goals, all countries have committed to ending the #tuberculosis epidemic by 2030.

This bold agenda deserves widespread support. However, there are still difficult challenges which hindered #TB control. In this editorial, #MSF describes the major shifts needed to end TB.

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“It’s easy for those on the other side of the world to ignore neglected tropical diseases. One of the challenges is getting this #publichealth crisis the attention it deserves,” said Dr. Alan Pereira, a Medical Coordinator with #MSF .

ViewFind spoke with Dr Pereira to discover how #India can squash the sandfly and achieve its goal to eliminate #KalaAzar by 2017. [ Bit.ly Link ]
“All in all, my mission was an amazing experience and I’d be happy to go back in the field with #MSF, in Iraq or another country.”

Australian Graham Baker worked as a #logistician with MSF, in Kurdish autonomous Region of #Iraq, supporting Iraqi displaced people and Syrian refugees.

Read the interesting story of six months Graham spent in this region. #WithoutBorders [ Bit.ly Link ]
#MSF and Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine jointly organised a "Scientific Symposium on Antibiotic Resistance in West Bengal: Challenges and Way Ahead" on 21 November 2016 in Kolkata.

The conference brought together key government officials as well as technical experts and medical students and raised awareness on the growing public health challenge (or emerging public health menace) of...
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The only specialised paediatric hospital in besieged east #Aleppo has come under attack for the second time since airstrikes resumed on 15 November, destroying three floors and leaving it out of service. #StopbombingAleppo #MSF #NotATarget [ Bit.ly Link ]
#WithoutBorders

It used to shock me at first, but the reality is that the woeful health infrastructure has badly affected people’s health-seeking behavior.

#MSF doctor Ram Kovelamudi explains what does it take to deliver healthcare to a neglected population in a remote region [ Bit.ly Link ]
A Reason To Smile

On 17 November 2016 at 5:30pm, #MSF and the Bourbon Argos rescued 26 people (8 men, 4 women, and 14 children) from a small wooden boat.

13-months-old Faihaa, from Libya, was travelling on the wooden boat with her family. MSF team welcomed her onboard with warm hugs and laughter. Photo: Borja Ruiz Rodriguez/MSF #Mediterranean #WithoutBorders #RefugeeCrisis
It’s difficult to describe what it is like to live or survive, without #healthcare.

Premature disengagement or a de-prioritization of humanitarian aid to the #CentralAfricanRepublic by donors would have catastrophic consequences for people in CAR, one of the countries with the worst health indicators in the world, where armed fighting is still prevalent and 20 per cent of the population are...
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Nearly 5,000 people die of #tuberculosis every day, and close to 41 percent of those who contract the disease are neither diagnosed nor treated.

#India has the highest #TB burden in the world, with an estimated
2.8 million new cases each year, more than one-quarter of the
world‘s total. #MSF

(See: [ Msf.org.uk Link ]
Around 2,300 people have been fleeing South #Sudan and arriving in Northern #Uganda every day for the last three months.

At the beginning of September, the Ugandan government responded to this huge influx of people by putting aside land where the refugees could settle, now known as Bidi Bidi refugee camp.

Since the conditions in the camp aren’t good, #MSF responded by setting up one...
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“I remember that at the height of the peak in 2012, we had 250 children hospitalised at most. But this year, we had more than 400 beds. You have to be constantly on alert, like guards!" says Hamsatou Seydou Abdou, an #MSF nurse at the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) at Madaoua hospital, Niger.

In #Niger, after a significant decline of #malaria cases over the last three years,...
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