Doctors Without Borders/MSF USA Weekly Digest

MSF releases a report one year after the start of the Ebola outbreak, calls for more action and less talk on World TB Day, and steps up its programs in Yemen as the violence there intensifies.

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  1. Over the past year, more than 1,300 MSF international staff and 4,000 local staff have been deployed in West Africa, where they have cared for nearly 5,000 confirmed Ebola patients.
  2. Read articles on where the Ebola outbreak began, how the diseases progressed, its effect on communities, consequences for pregnant women, and personal stories of those affected.
  3. Recent updates on Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Despite progress made in the last year, key challenges remain, including regional cooperation to trace contacts across borders and raising awareness in areas where public understanding of Ebola remains low.
  4. World TB Day, on March 24 this year, serves to remind the world of one of the most deadliest diseases. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people became ill with TB and 1.5 million people died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  5. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is deadly and extremely difficult to treat. For this disease to be properly addressed MSF urges drug companies to allow access to essential drugs for everyone who needs them and for governments to support health services.
  6. "Once in my life I coughed helplessly and I do not want to ever cough like that ever again."
  7. "One of the most significant things that I have learned in my last five months here is that treating TB, especially drug-resistant TB, is not easy. It takes a lot of effort, and resources from a lot of people...nurses to deliver therapy six days a week, counselors to help the patient through the difficulties of dealing with both the disease and the treatment, and doctors to review the patients regularly and to manage the side effects of the medication."
  8. “We ask all sides not to enter a hospital with weapons, and to allow the injured unhindered access to medical assistance.”
  9. "The tablet is encased in poly-carbonate, so that it can be dipped in chlorine and removed from the facility, and the server runs on battery power. “There was a real need for this,” says Dr. Eric D. Perakslis
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