Doctors Without Borders/MSF USA Weekly Digest

Doctors in Syria describe providing medical care under siege, blogs from a physician in Zimbabwe and a nurse in CAR, MSF upgrades its cholera treatment in Mozambique and responds to a refugee crisis near Lake Chad, and new research on MDR-TB in Swaziland


  1. After four years of conflict Syria remain a humanitarian disaster with its population in dire need of medical care and emergency services. Doctors in the country risk their lives to provide care under some of the worst conditions, facing shortages of supplies and living under the constant threat of violence.
  2. In Zimbabwe an MSF Swedish physician describes that "98% of kids aged 5-10, 57% of kids ages 11-15 and 14% of young people aged 16-20 did not know that they had HIV. Imagine that!"
  3. "Another attack. Another fatality. But this time is somehow so much worse than before because the dead man is Paulin – our sweet, earnest, dedicated health post worker."
  4. More than 200 MSF staff members are working alongside Mozambique’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to tackle Cholera, a waterborne bacterial disease that affects people who drink, cook, or prepare food with contaminated water.
  5. In collaboration with local authorities, MSF has supplied around 6,000 people fleeing violence from northern Nigeria with hygiene and shelter kits. The kits included blankets and plastic sheeting as well as mosquito nets to protect against malaria, endemic in the region.
  6. “These diagnostic tests are our front line of defense in fighting drug-resistant TB,” said Alex Telnov, HIV/TB referent at MSF.