Extra-Time! is an internet blogging experience with first-hand accounts and stories of field workers, staff and patients of the international humanitarian medical organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), gathered and presented during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, from June 7th to July 14th, 2010.

With Extra-Time! MSF aims to provide the worldwide audience with an alternate view on the first FIFA World Cup hosted in Africa and to chronicle the positive stories of perserverence in the Southern African region’s struggle to fight the dual epidemics of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

In the coming weeks Extra-Time! will include narratives, photographs and short videos from countries where MSF field workers provide care to people living with HIV and tuberculosis including Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and as well as other places in the world.

Information on HALFTIME!, an MSF event in the form of one-day soccer tournament involving people living with HIV as well as MSF which will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 2nd, will also be featured. HALFTIME! is an initiative to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the need to keep up international funding for antiretroviral treatment in developing countries.

The opinions expressed in the Extra-Time! blog are those of the authors or the persons interviewed and can not be considered or quoted as MSF’s official position on the matters concerned.

P. K. Lee

Nationality: Hong Kong Chinese
Job: Communications Officer

Joanne Sage

Nationality: Australian
Country: Zimbabwe
Job: Nurse