Millions of cancer patients around the world have no access to pain medication. Read the latest piece from PRI’s The World and the Pulitzer Center’s series on #globalcancer. Graphic by Kim Ducharme, Zia Sobhani.
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And check out Science Magazine’s article about what the cuts mean to researchers who fund their work through federal money from the National Institutes of Health.
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MSF Logistician Ben King building kites with the community. Afghanistan 2013 © Ben King
“My vision of this country before I arrived saw kites flying everywhere, filling the air with the exuberance of small boys interacting with others far beyond the high walls of their own compounds. A kind of invisible communication that creates infinitely strong bonds between the people and their country. My visions were true when I arrived, but as the temperatures began to plummet, the kites, one by one, disappeared from the crystal clear skies. Finally, though, it was our chance to try our hand at it…
For now, I will enjoy watching them dance about as a beacon of hope for a brighter future for this ever colourful and complex land”
Learning How to Cough Around Drug-Resistant TB
Medecins Sans Frontiers counselor, Rano Safarova, tries to teach a group of children near Vose, Tajikistan, how to stop the spread of tuberculosis in their homes. Several members of this extended family have active TB including the 66-year-old grandmother, who’s the matriarch of the clan. The youngest victim in the family is a 4-year-old boy, who’s been left partially paralyzed and unable to speak from TB meningitis.
The grandmother refuses to accept that TB spreads through the air. She insists that the 4-year-old got it from swimming in a cold river.
“I have several concerns with this family,” says MSF nurse Tina Martin during a visit to the family’s cluster of mud-walled houses in southern Tajikistan. “Mostly I’m concerned with the level of education, the lack of understanding of what TB is and how it’s transmitted. This is highly concerning. This is a very close family. They live together, eat together, sleep together. And as TB is airborne transmission the family is reinfecting each other over and over.”
MSF is working to try to improve TB treatment for children in the Central Asian nation, particularly children infected with drug-resistant strains of the bacteria.
Photos: Jason Beaubien, NPR