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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...

"Should I stay with them or go to the hospital?"

Nabeel Bassem, a Médecins Sans Frontières Pharmacist Assistant in Aden, Yemen shares his...


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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


Dr Tonia Marquardt is from Melbourne and is working as Médecins Sans Frontières’ field doctor in the nutrition unit in Soroti, Uganda for 6 weeks. This is her fourth mission with the agency, following previous postings in Malawi,...

13/12/2003 Uganda


Ingrid Hopper is a medical doctor who has just returned from Myanmar. She was there for six months, from March to September 2003. This has been her first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières. Ingrid is from Melbourne. This is a...

16/08/2003 Myanmar (Burma)


Jon Kennedy is from Wellington in New Zealand. He has been working as a doctor in Akuem, South Sudan since May of this year. This is Jon's second mission with Médecins Sans Frontières. He was in Sri Lanka in 2001 for six months.

09/08/2003 Sudan
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