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Australian nurse Judy Coram, from Victoria, wrote this letter describing the events of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day as celebrated in the Médecins Sans Frontières-run ‘TB village’ in the refugee camp MaeLa, about an hours drive...

17/04/2007 Myanmar (Burma), Thailand


Sydney nurse Matthew Cleary, writes from Tibiri in southern Niger about his new post as field coordinator for a large and expanded nutritional rehabilitation project, via outpatient management. Matthew has completed two previous...

23/11/2006 Niger


For the past nine months, Lisa Errol, a midwife from New Zealand, has been treating pregnant women at the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in a camp for internally displaced people in the Liberian town of Salala in Bong county....

07/02/2006 Liberia


Raewyn Turner is a theatre nurse from South Perth in Western Australia, currently on her second mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Darfur, western Sudan. Raewyn is now based at Muhajariya, a provincial town in South Darfur,...

17/06/2005 Sudan


Since January 2005, Marg Ward, a nurse from Ballina, has been working with street kids in the Baoji Children’s Centre in Shaanxi Province. Here Margaret writes about this unique project that helps street children rehabilitate,...

24/05/2005 China


David Murray, a nurse from Sydney, is a Field Coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières’ programme in Nimba County, on Liberia’s eastern border with Guinea. Here Médecins Sans Frontières provides a variety of health services...

11/04/2005 Liberia


Sydney nurse, Susan Thomas, is an experienced volunteer who is spending Christmas in Soroti, Northern Uganda. Her letter this week brings home the reality we so infrequently hear about in other parts of the world at this time of...

06/12/2004 Uganda


Margaret Bell, an Australian nurse from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, has just returned from Darfur, in western Sudan, where 1.5 million displaced people have sought shelter and protection in regional centres, and where...

29/11/2004 Sudan


Susan Thomas, is a nurse from Sydney on her third mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Soroti, Uganda. Susan has completed two previous missions with the organisation in South Sudan and Uganda – this will be the second time...

24/07/2004 Uganda


Helen Melville is a nurse from Wagga Wagga, who has recently returned to the city of Herat in Western Afghanistan for a second ‘tour of duty’ working on a tuberculosis program. This is her fourth mission, following previous...

08/03/2004 Afghanistan
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