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The fear that follows them: providing mental healthcare for refugees in Chad

Attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region have increased over recent weeks, and...

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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


Tobias Ballerstedt, from Sydney, writes of his first impressions as logistician in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at a therapeutic and supplementary feeding centre in Kitchanga. This is Tobias’ third mission for...

06/10/2004 Democratic Republic of Congo


Michael and Christine Shanahan are a husband and wife team working in the Kalma IDP [Internally Displaced Persons] Camp, South Darfur. Dr Michael Shanahan is a doctor who works as a physician at a Sydney hospital and Christine...

02/09/2004 Sudan

Medical Co-ordinator

New Zealander Jacqui Tong is currently working as Medical Co-ordinator in Darfur, West Sudan where a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions is unfolding. Over a million civilians have been displaced by violent attacks on...

10/08/2004 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


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

Field Co-ordinator

Kate Mort is the new field co-ordinator in Médecins Sans Frontières’ Sleeping Sickness project in Ibba/Kotobi, South Sudan. Kate is from Armidale, New South Wales and this is her first mission after working for two years as Human...

04/05/2004 Sudan


A French nurse and a Canadian logistician, have just spent almost two months as a two-person team in the town of Mornay, located in the Darfur region of Sudan. In the region of Mornay there has been attacks for some months and...

19/04/2004 Sudan

Head of Mission

While peace looms in southern Sudan, the very violent and hidden civil war in the Darfur provinces in western Sudan continues to rage, displacing half a mission of people. Last weekend the government of Sudan (GoS) finally gave...

16/03/2004 Sudan
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