BACKGROUND: Early recognition of bacterial infections is crucial for their proper management, but is particularly difficult in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
Reasons for defaulting from drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment in Armenia: a quantitative and qualitative study.
SETTING: Armenia, a country with a high prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors related to default from DR-TB treatment in Yerevan.
INTRODUCTION: During January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, resulting in death and destruction for hundreds of thousands of people.
Reaching hard-to-reach individuals: Nonselective versus targeted outbreak response vaccination for measles.
Current mass vaccination campaigns in measles outbreak response are nonselective with respect to the immune status of individuals.
Effect of a serogroup A meningococcal conjugate vaccine (PsA-TT) on serogroup A meningococcal meningitis and carriage in Chad: a community study [corrected].
BACKGROUND: A serogroup A meningococcal polysaccharide-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine (PsA-TT, MenAfriVac) was licensed in India in 2009, and pre-qualified by WHO in 2010, on the basis of its safety and immunogenicity.
Clinical epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of visceral leishmaniasis in the Pokot endemic area of Uganda and Kenya.
Between 2000 and 2010, Médecins Sans Frontières diagnosed and treated 4,831 patients with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the Pokot region straddling the border between Uganda and Kenya.
Community-based measles mortality surveillance in two districts of Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
BACKGROUND: Mortality due to measles is often under-reported. Traditional methods of measuring mortality can be time and resource-intensive. We describe the implementation of a community-based method to monitor measles mortality.
Adults receiving HIV care before the start of antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: patient outcomes and associated risk factors.
BACKGROUND: Gaining understanding of the period before antiretroviral therapy (ART) is needed to improve treatment outcomes and to reduce HIV transmission.
Brief mental health interventions in conflict and emergency settings: an overview of four Médecins Sans Frontières - France programs.
INTRODUCTION: Mental health problems, particularly anxiety and mood disorders, are prevalent in the setting of humanitarian emergencies, both natural and man-made disasters.
Measles outbreak response immunization is context-specific: insight from the recent experience of Médecins Sans Frontières.
Andrea Minetti and colleagues compare measles outbreak responses from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Malawi and argue that outbreak response strategies should be tailored to local measles epidemiology.