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“Providing safe childbirth to Nigerian mothers”

Sivapalan Namasivay is an experienced anaesthetist. Since 2011, he has worked on several...

Afghanistan: Kunduz eyewitness - “They had just been working in the hospital to help people... and now they are dead"

Médecins Sans Frontières nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs (photographed above in Kabul in 2013) was in...


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Lab technician

Olivia Yacoub is a lab technician from Houghton in South Australia. Olivia's has recently completed her first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Chiradzulu, Malawi. She has justed arrived in Liberia to commence her second...more

16/10/2006 Malawi


Robin Sands is an Australian logistician from Eltham, Victoria, currently responsible for food supply of Médecins Sans Frontières nutritional programs in Maradi, southern Niger. This is Robin’s second mission with Médecins Sans...more

16/09/2006 Niger


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,...more

13/09/2006 Russian Federation


Damien Brown is a doctor from Eltham in Victoria, who is currently on his first mission in southern Angola. Damien writes about the challenges and reality of working in Mavinga, an extremely resource-scarce town in Cuando Cubango...more

10/08/2006 Angola

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...more

03/07/2006 Russian Federation


Jason Andean is a logistician from Tasmania who recently completed his first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Xa Muteba in Northern Angola.more

01/06/2006 Angola


Helen Cox is a Melbourne epidemiologist currently working with the Spanish section of Médecins Sans Frontières in Africa. Based in Nairobi, Helen is advising projects that respond to outbreaks of disease in the region. Her latest...more

29/05/2006 Sudan


In January 2006 Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson was elected Liberian President and in doing so became Africa's first elected woman head of state. One of the biggest challenges ahead is healthcare, as Sydney nurse and Médecins Sans...more

26/04/2006 Liberia


New Zealand doctor David Friend recently left Australia bound for South Sudan on his fourth mission with Médecins Sans Frontières. In this Letter Home he shares his thoughts on what it’s like to arrive in Africa and reflects on...more

16/03/2006 Sudan

Nurse/Field Co-ordinator

Matthew Cleary is a field co-ordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières in El Geneina, West Darfur, a central base for Médecins Sans Frontières’s operations in the strife-torn region. After beginning operations here in September...

13/03/2006 Sudan
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