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Afghanistan: Kunduz eyewitness - “They had just been working in the hospital to help people... and now they are dead"

Médecins Sans Frontières nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs (photographed above in Kabul in 2013) was in...

Afghanistan: Médecins Sans Frontières demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz

Kabul/Brussels. 3 October 2015. The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières...


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Yemen: “The majority of our patients suffered from war injuries”

Margie is an experienced Australian midwife with an extensive career with Médecins Sans Frontières in some of the world’s most difficult locations in recent years. She has just come back from Yemen where she spent six weeks in...more

15/09/2015 Yemen

“Every single case we saw was complicated, and touching and difficult and emotional”

Dr Lisa Searle from Tasmania has recently returned from Haiti where she was setting up a new sexual violence clinic in Port-Au-Prince.more

02/09/2015 Haiti

Conflict in Yemen escalates, makes it hard for Médecins Sans Frontières to operate

With the conflict between armed groups escalating in Yemen, Médecins Sans Frontières project coordinator Christine Buesser headed for the southwestern province of Al Dhale, where medical staff are struggling to keep hospitals...more

20/08/2015 Yemen

Aussie 'Mama Rachel' makes her way from OT nurse to field coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières

Rachel Marsden has just returned from her 11th assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières. She spent two months in Tanzania as emergency coordinator, where she was responding to a cholera epidemic and providing support to over...more

10/08/2015 Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Tanzania

A tale of a Desperate Midwife

In the left corner of the maternity ward of Dolo Ado health centre, Médecins Sans Frontières midwife Aisha Akello has an emotional discussion with a woman sitting on the hospital bed. Unlike the rest of the women in the modest...more

27/07/2015 Ethiopia

Srebrenica, 1995: “I couldn’t believe that they would be killed in cold blood”

In July 1995 two international Médecins Sans Frontières volunteers, a German nurse and an Australian doctor, were present in the enclave of Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia, when it fell into the hands of the Bosnian-Serb army. As...more


“If you scratch the surface a little bit, people are traumatised”

Dr Andrew Dimitri from Sydney worked as Médecins Sans Frontières’ Medical Activities Manager in Gorlovka region, eastern Ukraine, until May this year. More than 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced by the conflict and...more

08/07/2015 Ukraine

“Laughter erupts from our survivor ... Somehow, the thaw has begun”

Auckland general practitioner Dr Karen Chung recently spent a year in Swaziland, where she was Médecins Sans Frontières’ focus person for survivors of sexual violence. more

18/06/2015 Swaziland

Good things come in threes

Ally Moebus is a paediatric nurse from Melbourne, Australia, currently working in Médecins Sans Frontières’ Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is Ally’s first field placement with Médecins Sans...more

04/06/2015 Afghanistan

“My heart sank in fear for his life.”

Nurse Gandhi Pant grew up in Nepal and now lives in Australia. He is currently back in Nepal, working with Médecins Sans Frontières to provide medical relief to earthquake victims. more

27/05/2015 Nepal
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