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“The Right Medicine”: Young Woman Triumphs Over MDR-TB

Cylian B. Kargbo is planning for her future. “My birthday is coming up!” the 12-going-on-13-year-old from Calaba Town, Sierra Leone, proudly announced, looking ahead a few weeks when she would celebrate with, first and foremost, “pizza!” Further down the line, Cylian has even bigger dreams: “I want to be a

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How Three Girls Defied the Odds to Join First Medical Class

All over the world, millions of girls are denied basic human rights, such as access to health care and education. Since 2012, October 11 has marked the annual International Day of the Girl, a celebration that advocates for girls’ empowerment and human rights. This year, at Partners In Health, we

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Battling Mental Illness, One Home Visit at a Time

Community health workers are the bridge connecting their neighbours, friends, and family to local clinics across the 10 communities in which Partners In Health works in rural Chiapas, Mexico. In July, Compañeros En Salud—as PIH is known in Mexico—launched a new initiative that trained five workers in the provision of

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Dr. Abdul Jalloh leads a tour of the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital

Enabling dignified mental health care in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital is made up of about half a dozen long, low buildings with porticoes, built high on one of Freetown’s rolling hills. The grounds are lush and green. One of the Partners In Health staff has a background in landscaping, and as the buildings have been

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The Social Worker Extraordinaire Helping Breast Cancer Patients

Oldine Deshommes never has an empty office. The social worker is a go-to resource for every cancer patient passing through the double doors of the Roselene Jean Bosquet Center at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Her role is to connect them with support and resources, which she always delivers with

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New Emergency Ward a Game Changer in Sierra Leone

There was a gentle hum of conversation as Doris Miatta Komba moved swiftly between the beds in Koidu Government Hospital’s emergency ward. The 32-year-old Ministry of Health nurse is in charge of the new emergency department, a critical area of care that didn’t exist until this May. Her attention was

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