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MSF Month in Focus: November 2017

Take a look at our work around the world this past month.

This month, we look at four aspects of our work that are having life-changing consequences for our patients.

We look to reconstructive surgery in Jordan, combating HIV stigma in Congo, surviving plague in Madagascar and campaigning for better tuberculosis (TB) drugs in Russia. 

Life-changing reconstructive surgery

This month, Channel 4's Unreported World team travelled to Jordan, to witness the life changing work of MSF surgeons at our reconstructive surgical hospital in Amman.

The hospital is the only dedicated reconstructive facility in the Middle East to provide free surgical care.

In the 10 years the hospital has been open - treating people injured in conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen - the team has performed 11,000 surgeries. 

Watch the full documentary at channel4.com

Overcoming HIV in Congo

Ahead of World Aids Day 2017, MSF in collaboration with Congolese HIV/AIDS activists has launched "Zwa Nga Bien - (Look at me well)", a multimedia awareness campaign to fight stigma surrounding HIV.

Two popular artists from the Congolese music scene, Lexxus Legal and Sista Becky, have pledged alongside young people living with HIV from the Jeunesse Espoire (Youth Hope) association and MSF to fight the stigma affecting people living with HIV in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Surviving plague

Andrianjka is one of 250 people cured of the plague in Tamatave, Madagascar.

After three weeks, the outbreak is now under control in Tamatave and MSF finished its medical activities at the end of November.

Visit our focus page on plague to find out more about this misunderstood disease.


Ahead of the first-ever Global Ministerial Conference on ‘Ending TB’ in Moscow, MSF and the Stop TB Partnership called for countries with high burdens of TB to implement the latest international treatment and testing standards by World TB Day, 24 March 2018.

More than 35,000 people signed the petition. Just before handing the petition to the head of the World Health Organisation, MSF UK President Javid Abdulmoneim spoke live with the key people involved in the #StepUpforTB petition.

Despite handing the petition to Dr Tedros, we are still calling for people to sign up to Step Up for TB. You can sign the petition here: stepupfortb.org

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