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Lake Chad: “The only certainty is that people will remain uprooted and continue to live in fear”

The Lake Chad region has become the epicentre of violence with continued attacks by the Islamic...

In Memoriam: Médecins Sans Frontières colleagues killed in the Kunduz Trauma Centre attack

October 3, 2015 will forever remain a black day in Médecins Sans Frontières’ history. In the early...


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“I think many injured will be coming now.... perhaps we’d better call the surgeon.” I would hear the same words often over the next two weeks.

Médecins Sans Frontières Project Coordinator, Adam Sharp, recounts an intensive two week period of heavy fighting in Syria. more

05/12/2013 Syria

“In the end I leave with hope… hope that violence becomes the exception to the rule and not the rule itself.”

Kate White is a nurse from Brisbane, Australia who has done six field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières.more

25/11/2013 Papua New Guinea

Testing, training and building up a lab: a medical scientist in Ethiopia

Laicey Colum is a medical scientist from Australind, WA. She recently completed her first field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières, in Dolo Ado and Wardher in Ethiopia. more

10/10/2013 Ethiopia

Haiti: “Call for backup – all hands on deck!”

Médecins Sans Frontières project coordinator Ahmed Fadel describes the fast reactions, the teamwork and the emotional extremes involved in responding to an emergency at Chatuley Hospital in Léogâne, Haiti.more

22/08/2013 Haiti

Democratic Republic of Congo - "Panic"

"At midday, we heard the sound of a gunshot nearby. At first we thought it was a stray bullet, perhaps a drunken child soldier since it was an unusual time of day for an attack to take place. Armed militias usually attack under...more

11/08/2013 Democratic Republic of Congo

Chad: “We had two weeks to vaccinate 100,000 children”

Nurse Flora Escourrou has recently returned from eastern Chad where she took part in a measles vaccination campaign. more

31/07/2013 Chad

“Most babies of Hepatitis E-positive mothers were born around 30 weeks, with many too premature to cope”

Anna-Lena Tews is a midwife from Germany who has been living in Hamilton, New Zealand, for the past five years. She recently spent three months working in Batil refugee camp, South Sudan, on her first field placement with...more

17/06/2013 South Sudan

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
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