I.V.

November 23rd, 2009 by MSF Field Blog
Photo: Eamonn Vitt | A seriously punk rock I.V.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | A seriously punk rock I.V.

Malaria and meningitis

November 21st, 2009 by MSF Field Blog

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.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Acayo sitting up and smiling.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Acayo sitting up and smiling.

HIV/AIDS and TB co-infection

November 20th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog

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.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | HIV  and TB co-infection

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | HIV and TB co-infection

Say “cheese”!

November 17th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog

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.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Camera.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Camera.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Dung camera.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Dung camera.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Smile for the camera!

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Smile for the camera!

November 12th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog

Over the years I’ve seen chickens, dogs, goats, snakes, and even pigs in hospitals around the world.  But this is a first.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | MSF was founded by a group of French doctors in 1971…

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | MSF was founded by a group of French doctors in 1971…

UXO’s

November 8th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog
Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Unexploded ordnance/landmines remain a problem.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Unexploded ordnance/landmines remain a problem.

Triple decker

November 3rd, 2009 by MSF Field Blog
Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Triple-decker.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Triple-decker.

Spinal Tap

November 1st, 2009 by MSF Field Blog
Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Routine spinal tap to investigate possibility of meningitis in a 3 year old.

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Routine spinal tap to investigate possibility of meningitis in a 3 year old.

College

October 30th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog
Photo : Eamonn Vitt | Oxfard College

Photo : Eamonn Vitt | Oxfard College.

Mobile tech

October 25th, 2009 by MSF Field Blog

My laboratory assistant showed me his new “land line” phone.  But it uses a cellular Sim card? So it’s a “mobile landline” phone?

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Mobile land phone

Photo: Eamonn Vitt | Mobile land phone.