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MSF Month in Focus: November 2019
From a little known facial tissue-eating disease to fighting "superbugs", our teams are not afraid to take on the big issues – no matter how complex – and to shed light on hidden humanitarian crises.
Take a look at our work around the world this month.
Antibiotic resistance: Waleed's story
In 2016, Waleed was injured in a bombing in Yemen. Following the accident, he was treated in different hospitals around the country but even after months of treatment, his injuries were not healing.
MSF flew Waleed to its reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan. There, doctors discovered that he had developed an infection in his leg that regular antibiotics could not cure. He shares his journey to recovery...
Diabetes: A hidden humanitarian crisis
Across sub-Saharan Africa, many children and adults diagnosed with diabetes cannot afford to manage their disease. Some are simply dying before being diagnosed.
This is how MSF became aware of the hidden humanitarian crisis – and what we're doing to address it.
Noma is a little understood, rapidly progressing gangrenous infection of the mouth and face, with a high mortality rate. This preventable disease eats away tissue, leaving survivors with holes and facial disfigurements that cause them life-threatening impairments and provokes a social stigma.
Their only choice to have a better life is to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery. But for most, living in remote areas, surgery is not an option. At Sokoto Noma Hospital in Nigeria, noma patients meet others with the disease for the first time and realise there is hope.