Letters from the field

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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

“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


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
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