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Régine

Mother of five, Manono health zone, Katanga.

"The day the doctors came to my village to vaccinate children against measles, I buried one of my children who had died of measles. Another of my boys also suffered from the disease and he could no longer breathe, so we took him to the Manono hospital. The doctors put him on a machine to help him breathe and he received medication. I told the doctors I had three other children all alone at home who were also suffering from measles. I had no choice but to leave them alone because their father was not there ... so we left on motorbikes for my village, to bring them to the hospital for treatment."

Democratic Republic of Congo

Baby Nubia

the last Ebola patient in Guinea

No one expected a baby who had been born with Ebola to survive for long. Previously, no babies born to infected mothers had been known to live for more than a few hours. Despite the poor prognosis, and the challenges of caring for a newborn in an isolation zone while wearing protective clothing, the medical team were determined to save her. Nubia was given two new experimental drugs and gradually her condition improved. One month later, tests showed that she had beaten the virus and on 28 November she was discharged.

Guinea

Gulmira Halmamatova

27 years old

“In 2011, I started to feel sick and was losing weight. I was diagnosed with TB via X-ray and had to spend six months in hospital to complete my treatment. But a few years later, I started to feel sick again. In March 2015, I was told I had TB again but this time it was ‘pre-XDR’. When my husband found out he left me. I was trying my best to make my husband’s family happy and was ignoring my health issues. Eventually, I was transferred to Kara-Suu TB hospital, where MSF started my treatment. Now I am on outpatient treatment, meaning I can stay with my family and have their support and care. Every day I feel myself getting better and healthier.”

Kyrgyzstan

Mahmoud Meteb Al Ahmad

55 years old, is a Syrian from Aleppo. He’s receiving treatment for diabetes and hypertension at the MSF clinic in El Abdeh, northern Lebanon.

"I have been living in a tent with my wife and five daughters for three years. This year the winter was very harsh, high winds almost uprooted our tents and heavy rains led to soil erosion … we burnt clothes, plastic, anything to stay warm. We lived off humanitarian aid because even the construction and agricultural work that we used to do during the other seasons became impossible "

Lebanon
Berita Tcheleni

Berita Tcheleni

from Makhanga village, South Malawi

"I was eight months pregnant when the floods hit, and we had to spend four days on top of a tree until the water receded. Then, on 22 January, I felt the baby coming. We went to Makhanga clinic, but it was closed because it had been completely destroyed by the floods. There was no one there to help; our village had become an island completely cut off from the rest of the country. I was told to wait, that a helicopter was coming, and it could take me to another clinic. Fortunately, when the helicopter arrived, it brought with it someone from MSF to help us and my baby girl was born."

Malawi