Letters from the field

  Topic Date Location

One week in Gaza

Three field workers from Médecins Sans Frontières document the recent war in Gaza, which has seen civilians and medical workers come under fire.

14/08/2014 Palestinian Territories

“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

Medical co-ordinator

Dr Matthew Reid, from New Zealand, is a medical co-ordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières based in Moscow. He has been there since December 2005. He was previously in Monrovia, Liberia in a similar role. Before this he was a...

03/07/2006 Russian Federation


Justine Simons (30), psychologist, Australia: "My relationship with Médecins Sans Frontières began in 2001. I graduated from Griffith University as a psychologist and I started working for a private Catholic hospital in Brisbane,...

13/09/2006 Russian Federation


Dan Bascheira from Nightcliff in the Northern Territory is currently on his first mission as a logistician with Médecins Sans Frontières in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

06/06/2004 Sierra Leone


David Friend is serving as a medical doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières' project in Magburaka, Sierra Leone. From Auckland, New Zealand, he has extensive medical experience in developing countries, including Zimbabwe, and was...

01/02/2003 Sierra Leone

“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
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