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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...

"I’m caught between two choices: long-term treatment or amputation"

Najwa, a 34-year old mother from Khan Younis. Najwa was approved for surgery and referred to the...


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"Back home we were quite well off... now we have lost everything"

The recent conflict between Islamic State fighters and Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq has led to the displacement of over 250,000 people since 3 August, many of whom have fled to Kurdistan.

Médecins Sans Frontières was the...

21/08/2014 Iraq

"Eight months ago, I fell sick..."

Omar is 39 years old. Suffering from multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, he has been under the Médecins Sans Frontières team at Zougdidi since last July. Two months after starting his treatment, he was able to leave hospital to...

18/03/2008 Georgia

"HIV positive people were not treated as normal human beings"

Thembi Ngcamphalala is an ‘expert client’ for Médecins Sans Frontières in Swaziland’s remote Shiselweni region, sharing her experiences and counselling people who are living with HIV/AIDS. She is a joyful and energetic woman,...

13/08/2012 Swaziland

"I bled for one and a half hours on the way to the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital but I knew it was my only hope…!"

Ahlam is a 22- year-old mother from Dara’a governorate. She is a mother of two children, both of whom were born at the Médecins Sans Frontières tells her story and some of the challenges she has faced since she crossed the border...

22/05/2015 Jordan, Syria

"I never imagined my partner and community could reject me after surviving Ebola"

Ebola survivor and Médecins Sans Frontières’ psychosocial assistant Siannie tells her story:

04/02/2015 Liberia

"Now that cholera is here…you must watch your children"

A few days ago, Mary Keji rushed her two children, Matthew, 4, and Ludia, 2½, to Médecins Sans Frontières’ Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC). Matthew had begun to vomit and later to have serious diarrhoea. A few hours later, Ludia...

10/06/2014 South Sudan

A beam of hope in Tawila Hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières opens newly renovated hospital in North Darfur

08/04/2010 Sudan

Adem’s glance at death

On the bright morning of 3 November 2014, Adem, a 29-year-old mother of three arrived at the Yambio State Hospital’s maternity ward in South Sudan with advanced labour pains. While taking her medical and obstetrical history, the...

08/01/2015 South Sudan

Central African Republic: "It is not over in our country"

Marvin was one of the first casualties of the Battle of Bangui in December 2013, a battle in which the Seleka rebels opposed the anti-Balaka militia. He was shot in the leg as he tried to protect his property. Treated by Médecins...

13/02/2015 Central African Republic

Ebola: Living in the aftermath

Hellen Morris is an Ebola survivor from Liberia who lost her husband and seven of his family members to Ebola in August 2014.

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