Full Name: David Friend
Nationality: New Zealander
Country: Sierra Leone
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"Borders and Babies"
SIERRA LEONE | AFGHANISTAN
In late 2001, just before Sierra Leone’s civil
war ended, Head
of Mission Rebecca Golden negotiated MSF’s access to Magburaka
Hospital, which is situated in territory formerly held by the rebel
group RUF (Revolutionary United Front). Now she prepares to return
home to Houston after spending most of the last five years on a
variety of MSF projects in Africa.
New Zealand surgeon
David Friend and Canadian nurse Katiana Rivette, are stationed at
Magburaka – the only facility for emergency surgery in northern
Sierra Leone. Infant mortality in the region is among the highest
in the world, and two difficult pregnancies demonstrate the danger
of childbirth in remote areas decimated by a decade of war.
When a young boy with an advanced case of bone cancer
appears at Magburaka, David is forced to perform a tricky operation
to stop the cancer from spreading and potentially save the boy’s
life. (read more about the Sierra Leone)
Coordinator Vickie Hawkins supervises logistics and medical
care for the MSF project in Chaman, Afghanistan’s only open
border crossing with Pakistan. Since the fall of the Taliban, Chaman
has been flooded with Afghan families returning to homes that they
fled during two decades of violence and oppression. When Vickie
encounters a man with a potentially serious health problem, she
battles through red tape to get him admitted to the local hospital.
more about Afghanistan)