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“It is normal to feel some kind of fear when you enter the isolation area for the first time”

Michel Van Herp is a Médecins Sans Frontières epidemiologist currently working on the Ebola...

Médecins Sans Frontières resumes activities in Ebola centre in southeast Guinea

On Thursday, Médecins Sans Frontières resumed activities in a treatment centre in Macenta,...


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“The typhoon was a disaster, but this hospital is a blessing”

In the aftermath of the typhoon, Médecins Sans Frontières has set up an inflatable operating theatre in its tented hospital in Guiuan, which is the biggest medical structure in this heavily destroyed region in eastern Samar....

24/12/2013 Philippines

Occupied Minds: Children and home detention

Hussein and Ziad, 15 and 14 years old, live in Silwan, a conflict-ridden neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, adjacent to the Old City and the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque.


09/12/2013 Palestinian Territories

Jordan: Living in Homs is like attempting suicide!

Like thousands before him, Mahmoud Hammad crossed into Jordan to escape the raging conflict in his home country of Syria. Mahmoud is now the proud father of a baby boy, born in the new Médecins Sans Frontières maternity unit in...

21/11/2013 Jordan, Syria

Malaria Patient Story: Mirer Village, Am Timan district, Chad

Halima Ibrahim, a woman in her late forties, describes what happened to her 8-year-old daughter, Salimata Ali in Mirer Village, Am Timan district, Chad.

05/09/2013 Chad

Ending My Journey with XDR-TB

They lay there on a small saucer – five bright yellow capsules, a big white tablet and a brown capsule. And with one brave last gulp Phumeza Tisile, aged 23 years, put an end to her daily ritual of the last two years and...

30/08/2013 South Africa

“Living in a refugee camp is like having to die very slowly.”

Younes is a five-month-old baby from Dara’a, Syria. He arrived at Zaatari camp in February, 2013, with his mother, father and seven other siblings. Younes’ mother, Im Younis, brought her son to the Médecins Sans Frontières...

30/05/2013 Jordan, Syria

“Now I feel better, but I can’t walk”

A young woman from Syria starts a new life in Turkey after being shot by a sniper

09/05/2013 Syria

Eden loses his leg due to violence in eastern DRC

Eden, a nine-year-old boy, was seriously injured in the recent fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group in Goma, eastern Congo. He is one of 60 wounded patients...

03/12/2012 Democratic Republic of Congo

"HIV positive people were not treated as normal human beings"

Thembi Ngcamphalala is an ‘expert client’ for Médecins Sans Frontières in Swaziland’s remote Shiselweni region, sharing her experiences and counselling people who are living with HIV/AIDS. She is a joyful and energetic woman,...

13/08/2012 Swaziland

“I didn’t think that my condition could be cured”

Khadija’s first child was stillborn, and Khadija herself was left badly injured after delivery. She has since undergone surgery to close up her obstetric fistula in the women’s village managed by Médecins Sans Frontières in...

26/07/2012 Chad
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