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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...

Afghanistan: Médecins Sans Frontières demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz

Kabul/Brussels. 3 October 2015. The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières...


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From refugee to international aid worker - my story

When I was nine-years-old, my family was forced to escape Sudan. That was in 1986. I still remember the fear that was around at the time. We heard that more and more people in the South were being persecuted and abused, even...more

24/05/2013 Sudan

"There has been an increase in meningitis across the region... I was asked to join the emergency team to ensure that cases could be quickly diagnosed."

Anita Coombs is a medical scientist from Perth. Here she writes about her work as a laboratory manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, in Arua, Uganda.more

13/03/2013 Uganda

“HIV and TB touch everybody in Swaziland. All our national staff have been affected by this epidemic - some very directly.”

Emma Campbell is a university lecturer from Canberra, Australia. She recently spent nine months working as the field administrator for an HIV and tuberculosis project in Nhlangano, Swaziland. Swaziland has the world’s highest...more

30/01/2013 Swaziland

Letter from North Afghanistan: "This is life and death under a magnifying glass"

Australian nurse Brett Adamson has just returned from six months in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where Médecins Sans Frontières runs a hospital providing emergency surgery to people with life-threatening injuries.more

14/11/2012 Afghanistan

Letter home from Tajikistan

Cindy Gibb is a nurse from Christchurch, New Zealand, who is currently in Tajikistan on her first field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières. more

15/09/2012 Tajikistan

What Hiloweyn Meant to Me

I have spent almost 8 months in and around Hiloweyn working for Médecins Sans Frontières. At the onset of the crisis, I was responsible for the Health Centre and later the overall responsible for the projects in Liben. When I...more

25/05/2012 Ethiopia

Malawi: Australian nurse writes of her work in HIV project

Aisleen Glasby, a nurse from Wights Mountain, QLD, recently returned from Chiradzulu district in southern Malawi, where she worked in one of Médecins Sans Frontières’ largest HIV programs. This was her second field placement,...more

18/05/2012 Malawi

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...more

12/12/2011 South Sudan

Doctor from Darwin writes of her work in Sudan

Jacqueline Boyd is a doctor from Darwin, who has just returned from her first field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières. Jacqueline was working in Gedaref, Sudan, where the organisation has been running a program treating the...more

25/11/2011 Sudan

Libya: Interview with Médecins Sans Frontières Emergency Coordinator from Sirte Hospital

In this interview conducted on 13th October 2011, Dr Gabriele Rossi, Médecins Sans Frontières emergency coordinator, describes a very serious situation in Sirte. On the night following the interview, six patients died at Ibn Sina...more

18/10/2011 Libya
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