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We’re getting closer to an Ebola Vaccine

An interim review published today in the medical journal The Lancet indicates very promising...

Acapulco, Mexico: “The population is exposed to violence on a daily basis”

Médecins Sans Frontières has been carrying out projects in Mexico since 1985. Throughout 2014, the...


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At night I sleep under a tent, during the day I work under one

Paul Gerard, known as “Gerry” is a physiotherapist who had worked with Médecins Sans Frontières for more than 5 years. After the earthquake he was quickly mobilised to help patients with injuries in their rehabilitation process....

24/02/2010 Haiti

Médecins Sans Frontières helps me treat my fellow Haitians

Like thousands of Haitians, Geraldine Augustin started helping people just after the disaster. She is a young, passionate and energetic medical student who has just joined Médecins Sans Frontières. She belongs to the almost 1,500...

24/02/2010 Haiti

Anaesthetist in Nigeria

Marco Osti Avila is an anaesthetist. Originally from Brazil, Marco now lives in Sydney with his wife and child. Marco recently worked in Nigeria on his first placement with Médecins Sans Frontières. He was based in Port Harcourt,...

21/10/2009 Nigeria

Financial Administrator

Michael Rowell, a financial administrator from Melbourne, is on his second field placement with Médecins Sans Frontières in Juba, southern Sudan. In 2008-09, Michael was based in Islamabad, Pakistan for nine months on his first...

17/09/2009 Sudan

Pakistan: Head of Mission

Chris Lockyear spent most of 2008/9 as Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission to Pakistan. This was his sixth placement with Médecins Sans Frontières, following periods in Somalia, North Sudan and Darfur.

10/09/2009 Pakistan


Medical doctor Joanne Oo from Sydney recently returned from her first field placement in Point Pedro, situated in the far north of Sri Lanka on the Jaffna Peninsula. Médecins Sans Frontières began a surgical project in the Point...

19/08/2009 Sri Lanka

Water & Sanitation Specialist

Bangladesh: After Cyclone Aila

15/07/2009 Bangladesh


Richard Urmonas is an engineer from Athelstone in South Australia. In November 2008, he left for southern Sudan, his first mission with Médecins Sans Frontiéres. Richard is working in a town called Aweil, where Médecins Sans...

24/04/2009 Sudan

Deputy Head of Mission

Gina Bark, from Sydney, is currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan as Deputy Head of Mission. Here, she explores the challenges facing women in the country.

This is Gina’s fifth mission with Médecins Sans...

17/03/2009 Sudan


Matthew Merrington is from Tocumwal in New South Wales. He is a logistician and administrator on his second mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Ahwar, on the Gulf of Aden, in Yemen. Thousands of people risk their lives every...

26/02/2009 Yemen
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