Testing for Malaria in Bangui, CAR

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting the Mamadou M'Baïki health center in the PK5 Muslim neighborhood of Bangui since December 2014. In May, MSF treated 687 patients for malaria, which remains a primary public health problem in Central African Republic and the leading cause of death among children. It is transmitted by the bite of an Anopheles mosquito carrying the parasite. In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths worldwide, but is both preventable and curable when caught in time. MSF carries out its activities in Bangui in the constant shadow of violence and also sends a mobile clinic to the Central Mosque of Bangui to assist those unable to—or afraid to—visit the Mamadou M'Baïki health center.

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    A staff member in the MamadouM'Baïki health center administers a Paracheck rapid diagnostic test for malaria.
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    Malaria blood tests are sorted according to positive or negative results in the Mamadou M'Baïki health center.
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    A staff member conducts an examination on a young patient in the Mamadou M'Baïki health center.
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    A mother and child wait for the results of a blood test for malaria.
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    A young boy, displaced by conflict, peers through the curtains of a temporary shelter.
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    A staff member conducts a blood pressure test on an elderly patient in the Central Mosque of Bangui as part of MSF's mobile services.
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