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March 20, 2017

Nicholas Gildersleeve is a Canadian from Frelighsburg, Quebec, who until recently served as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s head of mission in Bolivia — a country with the world’s highest incidence of Chagas, which is endemic in 60 per cent of its territory. The disease, which is found almost exclusively in Latin America and is transmitted by triatomine insects (also known as “kissing bugs”), is mostly asymptomatic for the first years of infection, but will often eventually result in debilitating complications that can shorten life expectancy by an average of 10 years. Heart complications are the most common cause of death in infected adults.

September 22, 2016

Rafah Ali and Basil Abdullah are a married couple from Mississauga, Ontario, who each recently resigned from their respective medical jobs in Canada in order to work overseas with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The pair had decided it was time to recommit themselves to a common goal of giving back.

April 14, 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is launching a new project to ensure that people can be diagnosed and treated for Chagas disease in the town of Monteagudo, in the Chuquisaca department of southern Bolivia. In partnership with local healthcare institutions, the organization will develop a comprehensive care model for primary and secondary care that will be integrated into the existing healthcare system.

May 15, 2014

Aliaa Tayea is an epidemiologist with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). She recently returned home to Mississauga, Ont., from Uzbekistan, where she spent the last 21 months working as part of a tuberculosis (TB) program. The experience gave her a new perspective on the challenges faced by TB patients, in particular those undergoing the difficult treatment for drug-resistant forms of the illness.

Month In Focus – April 2012 DR Congo – An alarming surge in malaria
Chad – On the brink of a peak in malnutrition
Paraguay – The scourge of the vinchuca
Uzbekistan – Tuberculosis shows resistance
Haiti – Medical certificates for cholera patients