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Nigeria: “There are only two doctors in the whole of north Borno State”

Between May 2013 and November 2014, the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in three...

"I’m caught between two choices: long-term treatment or amputation"

Najwa, a 34-year old mother from Khan Younis. Najwa was approved for surgery and referred to the...


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Eline Whist is a doctor from Melbourne on her first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières. Here, she describes her experiences working in a new Médecins Sans Frontières nutrition project in Burkina Faso.

12/11/2007 Burkina Faso


A New Zealand medical doctor from Christchurch, Emily Gill, writes about her impressions of her first month on mission in the west of Côte d’Ivoire, where Médecins Sans Frontières has a primary health care clinic and a...

21/02/2007 Côte d'Ivoire


Liberia is currently in a rebuilding phase following a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003. The war destroyed 95% of health facilities, and today Médecins Sans Frontières runs eight hospitals throughout Liberia.


09/11/2006 Liberia


Stephanie Jones is a medical doctor from New Zealand, who is now based in Monbulk, Victoria. She has been in Rukumkot, in the Rukum district of Nepal, since early June working on a Primary Health Project. This is Stephanie's...

18/10/2006 Nepal


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...

10/08/2006 Angola


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...

16/03/2006 Sudan


Ngaire Caruso is a doctor from Western Australia working for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Lira, Northern Uganda. More than a million people in Northern Uganda live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, as a result of the 20...

10/01/2006 Uganda


Melbourne doctor, Catherine Deacon is in Indian-administered Kashmir working with the Médecins Sans Frontières earthquake response. Here she writes about the current humanitarian situation close to the ‘line of control’ on 5th...

21/11/2005 India


The mission in Aceh is quite different to many others that Médecins Sans Frontières has around the world. We came here in emergency circumstances, after the tsunami, and helped with the medical work that needed to happen. Almost...

03/06/2005 Indonesia


Claire Rieux, a volunteer doctor from France, has been keeping a diary whilst working in the Tsunami affected areas in Sigli, Aceh province, Indonesia. Claire has also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone.

18/01/2005 Indonesia
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