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“Yesterday was a day of three miracles” – Dr Monica Arend-Trujillo in Bo, Sierra Leone

“Yesterday was a day of three miracles – two of our sickest ever patients were discharged, and a...

Update on Médecins Sans Frontières' Ebola response

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has...

Webinar: Aid Without Agenda


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Anaesthetist in Nigeria

Marco Osti Avila is an anaesthetist. Originally from Brazil, Marco now lives in Sydney with his wife and child. Marco recently worked in Nigeria on his first placement with Médecins Sans Frontières. He was based in Port Harcourt,...

21/10/2009 Nigeria

Financial Administrator

Michael Rowell, a financial administrator from Melbourne, is on his second field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières in Juba, southern Sudan. In 2008-09, Michael was based in Islamabad, Pakistan for nine months on his first...

17/09/2009 Sudan

Pakistan: Head of Mission

Chris Lockyear spent most of 2008/9 as Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission to Pakistan. This was his sixth placement with Médecins Sans Frontières, following periods in Somalia, North Sudan and Darfur.

10/09/2009 Pakistan


Medical doctor Joanne Oo from Sydney recently returned from her first field placement in Point Pedro, situated in the far north of Sri Lanka on the Jaffna Peninsula. Médecins Sans Frontières began a surgical project in the Point...

19/08/2009 Sri Lanka

Water & Sanitation Specialist

Bangladesh: After Cyclone Aila

15/07/2009 Bangladesh


Richard Urmonas is an engineer from Athelstone in South Australia. In November 2008, he left for southern Sudan, his first mission with Médecins Sans Frontiéres. Richard is working in a town called Aweil, where Médecins Sans...

24/04/2009 Sudan

Deputy Head of Mission

Gina Bark, from Sydney, is currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan as Deputy Head of Mission. Here, she explores the challenges facing women in the country.

This is Gina’s fifth mission with Médecins Sans...

17/03/2009 Sudan


Matthew Merrington is from Tocumwal in New South Wales. He is a logistician and administrator on his second mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Ahwar, on the Gulf of Aden, in Yemen. Thousands of people risk their lives every...

26/02/2009 Yemen


Liz Scott is a doctor from Te Anau, New Zealand. Liz recently returned from her second mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Kenya, where she worked in a kala azar project.

20/01/2009 Kenya

Clinical Psychologist

Kathleen Leach is a clinical psychologist from Eltham, Victoria on her first mission in Gaza, in the Palestinian Territories. Kathleen writes to us about her day to day life in Gaza and her work in the Médecins Sans Frontières...

08/12/2008 Palestinian Territories
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