Chagas: Silent Killer
In Fatal Neglect: The Global Health Revolution’s Forgotten Patients, VII photographers Seamus Murphy, Venetia Dearden, Ron Haviv, and John Stanmeyer document the impact of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the three deadliest neglected tropical diseases — (visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), and Chagas — and vaccine-preventable diseases.
Fighting Double Impact of Malnutrition and Malaria in Niger
A food crisis is affecting an estimated 18 million people across Africa’s Sahel region right now, including in Niger, where 4 million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition, with at least 1 million at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition. At the same time, 80 percent of children who come to MSF clinics in Niger test positive for malaria. MSF is trying to reach those who need help the most.
Amal is 28 years old and a mother of three. She and around 35,000 other refugees escaped violence in Sudan’s Blue Nile State by crossing the border into South Sudan in May and June. On June 12, Amal was brought to a MSF mobile clinic at a refugee transit site called ‘Kilometer 18’ in Upper Nile State. She was thin, weak and coughing, and she could barely walk. Amal was immediately examined, an IV drip was inserted into her arm, and she was transferred to MSF’s hospital in the Jamam refugee camp. MSF health staff suspect that she has tuberculosis and will start her on TB treatment soon. Amal weighs just 32 kilograms, or 80 pounds, and she is too weak to speak, so her cousin Hassan told her story on her behalf.