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Burundi: “We treat anyone who is injured, whatever their politics”

Violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, over the past...

Syria: Médecins Sans Frontières treats patients with symptoms of exposure to chemical agents

25, August 2015 - Four patients exhibiting symptoms of exposure to chemical agents were treated at...


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Conflict in Yemen escalates, makes it hard for Médecins Sans Frontières to operate

With the conflict between armed groups escalating in Yemen, Médecins Sans Frontières project coordinator Christine Buesser headed for the southwestern province of Al Dhale, where medical staff are struggling to keep hospitals...

20/08/2015 Yemen

Aussie 'Mama Rachel' makes her way from OT nurse to field coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières

Rachel Marsden has just returned from her 11th assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières. She spent two months in Tanzania as emergency coordinator, where she was responding to a cholera epidemic and providing support to over...

10/08/2015 Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Tanzania

A tale of a Desperate Midwife

In the left corner of the maternity ward of Dolo Ado health centre, Médecins Sans Frontières midwife Aisha Akello has an emotional discussion with a woman sitting on the hospital bed. Unlike the rest of the women in the modest...

27/07/2015 Ethiopia

Srebrenica, 1995: “I couldn’t believe that they would be killed in cold blood”

In July 1995 two international Médecins Sans Frontières volunteers, a German nurse and an Australian doctor, were present in the enclave of Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia, when it fell into the hands of the Bosnian-Serb army. As...


“If you scratch the surface a little bit, people are traumatised”

Dr Andrew Dimitri from Sydney worked as Médecins Sans Frontières’ Medical Activities Manager in Gorlovka region, eastern Ukraine, until May this year. More than 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced by the conflict and...

08/07/2015 Ukraine

“Laughter erupts from our survivor ... Somehow, the thaw has begun”

Auckland general practitioner Dr Karen Chung recently spent a year in Swaziland, where she was Médecins Sans Frontières’ focus person for survivors of sexual violence.

18/06/2015 Swaziland

Good things come in threes

Ally Moebus is a paediatric nurse from Melbourne, Australia, currently working in Médecins Sans Frontières’ Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is Ally’s first field placement with Médecins Sans...

04/06/2015 Afghanistan

“My heart sank in fear for his life.”

Nurse Gandhi Pant grew up in Nepal and now lives in Australia. He is currently back in Nepal, working with Médecins Sans Frontières to provide medical relief to earthquake victims.

27/05/2015 Nepal

"They see no other way"

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard rescue ship the MY Phoenix, run in partnership with MOAS, Dr Erna Rijnierse speaks of her work caring for those rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.


"That's why I love my job": life-saving surgery in Afghanistan

Tomas Sebek is a surgeon from the Czech Republic. He is currently working in Médecins Sans Frontières’ project in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Here, he writes about his experiences.

28/04/2015 Afghanistan
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