"Issufai had had fever for three days and had had several seizures, but eventually the family took him to the health centre, which then sent him to the hospital with MSF transport. The test for malaria was positive and Issfai’s fever was over 40 degrees. One hour after the seizure stopped, he lay still on the bed with his eyes open and blank."
Alaskan doctor Katharine Andre recently finished a short mission with MSF in South Sudan. After a trip back home—and copious amounts of chocolate cookies—she is now in Tanzania as part of an MSF team working in Nduta and Nyarugusu refugee camps. Here she blogs about her first impressions of her new surroundings and the work she will be doing.
Austrian laboratory technician Karin Walter is currently in Tanzania on her first assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF first worked in Tanzania in 1993. We returned in 2015 to provide assistance for refugees living in overcrowded camps, with poor sanitation and little access to healthcare. This is Karin’s first post from her assignment in Nyaragusu camp, where she is working to set up a blood bank to serve emergency patients…
Malaria is preventable, detectable and treatable. However, it still kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. In her last posts, Emily kept a photo diary as she and her team set up and ran two emergency malaria clinics in the DRC. This time, Emily documents what the team has been doing to prevent patients being reinfected, and to stop others getting sick in the first place.
Malaria is a life-threatening illness which has been affecting increasing numbers of people in North Kivu, in the DRC. Emily is part of the emergency response unit there, and sent us this photo blog which shows how the team is mobilising rapidly to get people the testing and treatment needed to save lives.