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Working to make diabetic care accessible for all

Diabetes Video

In 2021, we celebrate the centenary of the discovery of insulin by the Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best, followed a year later by the first person receiving insulin treatment. This ground-breaking milestone changed the outlook for people living with type 1 diabetes from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease.

Globally most people with Type 1 diabetes do not have access to lifesaving insulin.

MSF is working to make diabetic care accessible for all

 

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How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting routine immunisation services

COVID-19 Video

Mass vaccination campaigns against measles and other vaccine preventable diseases are a very important tool that we use to protect children in many places we work where families can’t access medical facilities.

But because these vaccination campaigns require people to travel to a health facility and gather together, many campaigns have been suspended in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19: No patents or profiteering in a pandemic

COVID-19 Video

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for no patents or profiteering on any tests, treatments, or vaccines used for COVID-19.

MSF has seen first-hand the impact of scarce supplies and high prices of essential medical tools in our work caring for people with HIV, treating patients with tuberculosis, vaccinating children against pneumonia, and much more. Any patents on the medical tools needed to prevent and treat this new life-threatening disease will mean that only the wealthiest will have access to them. That means the coronavirus pandemic will take much longer to end, and many more people will get sick and die.

Pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies must commit to not seek nor enforce patents. If they won’t do the right thing, then governments can take action. Let’s make sure that everyone, everywhere will have access to testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19.

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Eswatini: responding to COVID-19 in a setting with high rates of HIV and TB

COVID-19 Video Eswatini

Present in the country since 2007, MSF has adapted the way it treats people with HIV and TB in times of COVID-19. In this video, Michelle Daka, MSF Nurse Activity Manager, explains the innovative and creative approaches MSF teams are using in Eswatini to continue to care for people with HIV and TB during these times, including Video Observed Treatment (VOT).

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Coronavirus: How to cope with the stress

COVID-19 Video

Feeling anxious, afraid, or alone during the coronavirus outbreak? In this video, MSF psychologist Raimund Alber offers three tips for how to cope with the stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Innovative tools to diagnose TB in South Sudan

Tuberculosis Video South Sudan

Luisa Roade, MSF medical activity manager, describes how innovative tools such as point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) and GeneXpert are improving TB diagnosis in Malakal, South Sudan.

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