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Liberia: ELWA 3 Ebola Management Centre to be handed over the Liberian Ministry of Health

Due to the decreased number of Ebola cases in Liberia, Médecins Sans Frontières is putting its...

Médecins Sans Frontières receiving large numbers of patients in Aden, as security situation in Yemen deteriorates

Scores of people have been wounded in fighting in Yemen over recent days, with many treated at the...


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“In the end I leave with hope… hope that violence becomes the exception to the rule and not the rule itself.”

Kate White is a nurse from Brisbane, Australia who has done six field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières.

25/11/2013 Papua New Guinea

Testing, training and building up a lab: a medical scientist in Ethiopia

Laicey Colum is a medical scientist from Australind, WA. She recently completed her first field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières, in Dolo Ado and Wardher in Ethiopia.

10/10/2013 Ethiopia

Haiti: “Call for backup – all hands on deck!”

Médecins Sans Frontières project coordinator Ahmed Fadel describes the fast reactions, the teamwork and the emotional extremes involved in responding to an emergency at Chatuley Hospital in Léogâne, Haiti.

22/08/2013 Haiti

Democratic Republic of Congo - "Panic"

"At midday, we heard the sound of a gunshot nearby. At first we thought it was a stray bullet, perhaps a drunken child soldier since it was an unusual time of day for an attack to take place. Armed militias usually attack under...

11/08/2013 Democratic Republic of Congo

Chad: “We had two weeks to vaccinate 100,000 children”

Nurse Flora Escourrou has recently returned from eastern Chad where she took part in a measles vaccination campaign.


31/07/2013 Chad

“Most babies of Hepatitis E-positive mothers were born around 30 weeks, with many too premature to cope”

Anna-Lena Tews is a midwife from Germany who has been living in Hamilton, New Zealand, for the past five years. She recently spent three months working in Batil refugee camp, South Sudan, on her first field placement with...

17/06/2013 South Sudan

From refugee to international aid worker - my story

When I was nine-years-old, my family was forced to escape Sudan. That was in 1986. I still remember the fear that was around at the time. We heard that more and more people in the South were being persecuted and abused, even...

24/05/2013 Sudan

"There has been an increase in meningitis across the region... I was asked to join the emergency team to ensure that cases could be quickly diagnosed."

Anita Coombs is a medical scientist from Perth. Here she writes about her work as a laboratory manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, in Arua, Uganda.

13/03/2013 Uganda

“HIV and TB touch everybody in Swaziland. All our national staff have been affected by this epidemic - some very directly.”

Emma Campbell is a university lecturer from Canberra, Australia. She recently spent nine months working as the field administrator for an HIV and tuberculosis project in Nhlangano, Swaziland. Swaziland has the world’s highest...

30/01/2013 Swaziland

Letter from North Afghanistan: "This is life and death under a magnifying glass"

Australian nurse Brett Adamson has just returned from six months in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where Médecins Sans Frontières runs a hospital providing emergency surgery to people with life-threatening injuries.

14/11/2012 Afghanistan
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