This child is named Acayo. Two weeks ago she was in a coma, at death’s doorstep. After commencing treatment for cerebral malaria and TB meningitis, she is now sitting up, smiling, shaking my hand. Without MSF’s presence here in Madi Opei the outcome would not be so fortunate.
With the explosion of the HIV epidemic, tuberculosis has become even more of a global problem. TB can be difficult to diagnose and treat – even more so in HIV infected patients. This is a grave global public health issue. Fortunately for the young mother and child below (who are both co-infected with both HIV and TB), MSF is providing life-saving medical expertise, drug therapy, and psychosocial support.
For more information on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis coinfection, visit MSF’s World AIDS Day 2009 website, to watch video interviews with MSF field staff and patients living with HIV/AIDS and TB in Cape Town, South Africa.
Today a group of kids took my picture with a pretty primitive looking camera. Then they showed me how they made it: with cow dung and broken glass for the lens. The days of film photography are numbered, for sure.
Over the years I’ve seen chickens, dogs, goats, snakes, and even pigs in hospitals around the world. But this is a first.
My laboratory assistant showed me his new “land line” phone. But it uses a cellular Sim card? So it’s a “mobile landline” phone?