Zimbabwe: “Stigma and discrimination of patients with mental illness is rampant in the community”

Norman Magaya is an MSF mental health nurse working with the discharge team at Harare Central Hospital Psychiatric unit. He joined MSF in 2008 and worked for the Gweru and Gokwe projects before joining the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison and Harare Central Hospital mental health teams.

World TB Day 2015: Stigma!

World TB day!

Today we think not just about tuberculosis, the mycobacterium that was isolated on a glass slide in a lab many years ago today… We think of those suffering from it and the many lives ended by it… the mothers, brothers, fathers, daughters and grandmothers. Those that beat it and more importantly those who are fighting… and are sadly losing… And the billions at risk of suffering this fate just because they breathe in… and out… and in…

Surviving Ebola…

Shortly before I left the U.S., I watched President Obama welcome Ebola survivors who had worked during the epidemic in Liberia to the White House, and greet them with handshakes and hugs. At the time, it struck me that beating those incredibly difficult odds was truly something to celebrate, and that those survivors, now members of a tiny club, must be among the happiest and most grateful people on earth.