In the town of Eshowe, South Africa, 1 in 4 people between the ages of 15 and 59 is HIV positive.
Mercy Githara works in an MSF clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Nairobi, Kenya.
"In my previous life, my favorite pastime was performing improvisational comedy."
Monika is in Pakistan working as MSF's Mental Health Activities Manager. She blogs about how a lack of understanding about mental illness contributes to stigma.
The new year is a time when people's dreams for change in their lives come to the forefront. And Eritrean refugees are among the first ones to dream of new opportunities—a chance for resettlement, a chance to leave the camp they are in, a chance to build a new life...
Joelle Depeyrot blogs from Ethiopia where she is helping Eritrean refugees with mental health needs.
What does one do when she lands in a new project, in a new country, in an unfamiliar culture, and she needs to run a mental health program?
I remember the first child I brought to the counsellor for disclosure – finding out they are HIV positive. How he stared at her with big eyes while she showed pictures of the ‘soldiers’ (immune system) and the virus.
“Inonzi HIV,” she said, pointing at the angry-looking green blob, showing its fangs. “It’s called HIV.”