Voices From The Field

Our clinics are most often under a tree. We create a place for registration, nurses, doctors, laboratory technicians and drug dispensers. We don’t have any table or chair, we sit on the floor on a tarp sheet. Or we take a charpai from a house nearby and start the clinic.

DR MANOJ SARMA
MSF Doctor

I had heard of kala azar but did not know what HIV was as we do not speak of this disease openly here. Only my wife knows about my illness and treatment and she has been by my side from the beginning. After visiting MSF ward and talking to the doctors and counsellor there, I do not feel scared now, despite multiple relapses of Kala-azar. I want to live long enough to see my children prosper.

RAJU (name changes on request)
Kala azar-HIV co-infection survivor

Survivors of sexual assault require immediate medical care so that their injuries are treated and unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections like HIV are prevented. Survivors are often in mental distress and require psychological care to cope with trauma.

DR YASODA KURRA
MSF Doctor

I met a few health workers from MSF in my village and they were explaining malnutrition to everyone. The symptoms were very similar to what Sanjana, my daughter, had. They told me about the health centres and encouraged me to visit. I have been going to MSF for the past five months now. I have been giving Sanjana proper medication, and maintaining the hygiene in and around the house. She now eats everything and plays with children in the neighbourhood. I feel extremely happy to see my child healthy.

LAXMI
Mother of Sanjana

Everyone started to tell me I was going to die. I have been given a second life. What irked me the most was my inability to support my family in any way and look, here I am – collecting stones to build my new house and planting potatoes for us to eat.

SEIKHOLEN
MDR-TB survivor

I had never heard of hepatitis C before. I was jolted when I learned I was hepatitis C positive. I wondered, ‘What is this new disease that only I have?’ I later found out that approximately 80 per cent of the people in my village have it. Even my sisters have it.

ANKUSH
Hepatitis C survivor