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South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia: An emergency situation requiring a special response

Médecins Sans Frontières has been providing medical aid to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia...

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...

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Ivory Coast: “Wounded Patients Are Stable, But Their Problems Are Not Over”

Hundreds of people died and hundreds of others were seriously wounded during an outbreak of violence that occurred in the Duékoué region of western Ivory Coast between March 28 and 30. A Médecins Sans Frontières surgical team...

15/04/2011 Côte d'Ivoire

Japan: "The people around me in Kenya saw it as an event in another world, but for me it was my problem."

Shintaro Hayashi is a general practitioner and a specialist in gastroenterology who recently returned from a two-week placement in the area of northeast Japan that has been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. His home is...

11/04/2011 Japan

Lab technician

Olivia Yacoub is a lab technician from Houghton in South Australia. Olivia's has recently completed her first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in Chiradzulu, Malawi. She has justed arrived in Liberia to commence her second...

16/10/2006 Malawi

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.

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.

15/09/2012 Tajikistan

Libya boat evacuation

On Sunday 3 April 2011, Médecins Sans Frontières evacuated 71 patients by boat from the Libyan city of Mistrata, where ongoing violence has overwhelmed medical facilities with the injured. Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse and member...

12/05/2011 Libya

Libya boat evacuation part 2

We had just returned from Médecins Sans Frontières’ second evacuation of war-wounded from the besieged city of Misrata to the safety of hospitals in Tunisia. I walked out onto the balcony and saw a small, blonde girl, dancing...

12/05/2011 Libya

Libya: Dr Morten Rostrup in Zintan

Since 30 April, a Médecins Sans Frontières team is working in the hospital of Zintan, a city located in western Libya, south west of the capital of Tripoli, in the Nafusah Mountain region. For weeks now, Zintan and the...

17/05/2011 Libya

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...

18/10/2011 Libya

Logistician

Euan Beamont is a logistician from Geraldton, Western Australia, who has completed two missions with Médecins Sans Frontières. Here Euan writes about his most recent Médecins Sans Frontières project from January to August 2006....

26/01/2007 Thailand
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