Letters from the field

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“It’s only lunchtime and we’ve already admitted 151 children today.”

Dr Hussein Sheikh Qassim works in the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Marere, southern Somalia. He spoke to us by phone at 1pm on 15 July.

18/07/2011 Somalia

Somalia: People jokingly call any child under the age of 11 “the Médecins Sans Frontières generation”

Hussein Sheikh Qassim works in the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Marere, southern Somalia. He spoke to us by phone on 17 August.

22/08/2011 Somalia

Somalia: Gearing up in Galgaduud

In large parts of south and central Somalia, where malnutrition rates are high, ongoing conflict makes it difficult for international organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières to operate at full capacity. Where we can work, our...

02/09/2011 Somalia

South Sudan: "These People Tell Us That They Are Desperate."

Robert Mungai Maina, from Kenya, has eight years of professional experience as a clinical officer. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan for the past five months, and was assigned to the emergency team...

12/12/2011 South Sudan

“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

Anaesthetist

Dr Russell ‘Skip’ Townsend is an anaesthetist from Cairns in Queensland, who has recently returned from Sri Lanka where he was working with Médecins Sans Frontières in Point Pedro on the Jaffna Peninsula. This was Russell’s...

30/09/2008 Sri Lanka

Doctor

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

Nurse

Anna Dicker is a nurse from Lennox Head in northern NSW. She is currently on her first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières.

29/08/2007 Sudan

Midwife

As I stepped off the plane in South Sudan, in the middle of nowhere, on a continent I had only seen as a tourist, I realised no amount of briefing, videos, books, nor courses could prepare me for the tour I was about to take....

09/04/2007 Sudan

Head of Mission, Sudan

Australian Philip Humphris, from Victoria, is Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission in Sudan. He has returned from Darfur and, as the number of aid actors in Darfur continues to decrease because of the violence, explains what...

20/02/2007 Sudan
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