While gang violence and insecurity continue across many parts of Haiti, behind the doors of select hospitals and clinics, life goes on: Babies are born, wounds are tended, chronic illness is treated.
At facilities run by Zanmi Lasante [ZL], as Partners In Health is known in Haiti, teams have had to adjust to the kidnappings, fuel shortages, and general uncertainty through safety precautions such as shifting hours and schedules, relocating staff and patients, and restricting some facilities to basic triage. To avoid risky travel on dangerous roads, some staff have gone months without seeing family to stay closer to work. At certain sites, conversations between patients and doctors are interrupted by gunfire. Still, care continues.
Despite a situation described by one doctor as “practicing war medicine,” and, essentially, the worst violence the ZL team has seen in four decades, these medical professionals remain at work, tending to the sick, offering care, and accompanying their patients. Indeed, this is what solidarity looks like. This is ekip solid–a strong team.
Clinical trial results presented for the first time today at the Union World Conference on Lung Health revealed evidence to support the use of four new, improved regimens to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis or rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (MDR/RR-TB). The team—led by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Partners In Health (PIH), and Interactive Research and Development (IRD) and funded by Unitaid—formed the endTB consortium and began this Phase III randomized controlled trial in 2017.
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Before becoming ill, Kaizer Mahapa, 44, worked as a street vendor in Maseru, Lesotho, selling jewelry, snacks, and fruits at two roadside stalls; one uptown in Maseru and another in his own yard.
Mahapa, who grew up in rural Lesotho, was diagnosed with HIV in 2019. Two years later, he contracted tuberculosis. He’d never attended school, instead cared for the family’s animals. Mahapa was living with his daughter when he fell ill.