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Life in the Field.
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this episode, nurse Luc LeGrand mentions that MSF gives him more
responsibility than he would have at home in France – what
are the responsibilities of nurses with MSF and how does MSF ensure
that they are adequately prepared for the work that they do?
is MSF working in La MACA prison? Shouldn't the health care of
inmates in a federal prison be the responsibility of the Ivoirian
the Sierra Leone segment of this episode, as nurse Dominique Dujardin
prepares to transfer a sick boy (Mohammed) to the local hospital,
he is delayed while Mohammed's parents decide which parent will
acompany him. Why is it necessary for one of the parents to go?
this episode, we meet a Sierra Leonean health worker named Prince
Jongo, who helps nurse Dominique Dujardin. What is his role and
his relationship to MSF? Answer
this episode, Dr. Kate Doan treats several soldiers who have been
injured while fighting for or against the Sudanese government.
When does MSF find it acceptable to treat soldiers?
this episode, Leslie Lefkow, a human rights specialist, is collecting
interviews from civilians in south Sudan for a report. What is
the connection between MSF’s direct medical care and advocacy?
this episode, Peter and Maria are on an “exploratory mission,”
in which their primary purpose is not to provide medical care.
What is an exploratory mission? Answer
this episode, Peter and Maria find a woman with leprosy in a rural
village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If leprosy has been
so successfully contained in developed nations, why does it still
exist in countries like the DRC and India? Answer
this episode, Laura Lobera and Wibke Haas go to great lengths
to find and treat one patient with tuberculosis (TB) in Siberia.
Why is this necessary? Answer
this episode, Amir Hussein was initially turned away from the
hospital in Chaman, on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. The Afghan
government doctor did not want to treat Amir because the hospital's
U.N. contract had expired. What does this mean and why wouldn't
they treat him? Answer
the Sierra Leone segment of this episode, a sick boy (Osman) must
have his leg amputated. Would he have received the same medical
treatment in the U.S.? What happens to the boy? Answer
this episode, a mother dies of preeclampsia during child birth.
The MSF team cannot save the child. What is preeclampsia? Why
couldn't they save mother and child? Answer
has been in Sri Lanka for four years. Is this typical? How long
do medical personnel usually stay in any particular country?
this episode, in addition to offering medical care, MSF is supplying
refugees in Ingushetia with tents. What is the procedure by which
MSF decides upon the components of a project. Answer
and Manana left Ingushetia because of increased security risk.
Who makes the decision to suspend a mission when security is an
this episode, in the obstetric ward in Mallavi, Sri Lanka, a premature
baby dies because of bleeding in his lungs. What causes this?
the Burundi segment of this episode, both doctors are very young
and one does not have any surgical experience. What are the criteria
for medical volunteers? Answer
work at the Burundi hospital is very intense. Do volunteer medical
personnel get vacation? If so, for how long? Can they fly home?
Who takes over for them while they are gone? Answer
treating a young boy with meningitis in this episode, Dr. Rachel
Hardwick, working in Afghanistan, says she sees a lot of meningitis
cases. What causes meningitis? Answer
this episode, why does Mary Jo Frawley, RN, working in Sierra
Leone, have a hard time finding a vein for an IV when treating
a dehydrated child? Answer
is the benefit of treating a child with water laced with sugar
and salt? Answer
this episode, Dr. Helmy Mekaoui comes down with a case of malaria.
Is there a preventative malarial treatment that aid workers usually
take to keep from becoming infected? Answer
this episode, Dr. Josephine Querubin is a doctor from Manila,
Philippines, working with MSF in her own country. Why is MSF in
a country where qualified professionals from the area are there
to take care of their own country’s needs? How does MSF
determine whether to staff an area with local or international
the end of the episode, it is mentioned that Chinese authorities
will take over MSF’s role in Southwest China. However, Nurse
Kate Turner is leaving her post with the worry that when MSF is
gone from the region, patients will no longer be able to obtain
the medicines they need at an affordable price. How does MSF provide
drugs to local populations at a price that they can afford? Answer
are there so many paralyzed victims of street violence in Cali,
this episode, MSF treats Colombian young men who are not only
victims of violent crime, but also have committed violent crimes
in the past and often want to seek revenge when they recover.
In fact, after recovering, one patient, Mauricio, shoots the person
who shot him. Why does MSF treat people who might continue the
cycle of violence? Answer
this episode, MSF has a psychologist on hand in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Does MSF often send psychologists into the field with MDs? Answer
this episode, nurse Els Adams finds too many malnourished people
to transport back to the MSF feeding center. Why does Els only
have one truck? Answer
this episode, there is no suggestion that the Angolan government
or the United Nations are responding to the nutritional crisis
in Angola…where are they? Answer
this episode, a young boy named Dino dies at a district hospital
in Angola while under the care of MSF medical aid workers. What
is the cause of Dino’s death, and why was MSF unable to
prevent it? Answer
happened to Inez, the girl who Els carries on her lap to the Therapeutic
Feeding Center? Answer
the Myanmar segment of this episode, a young child named Myo with
malaria has become anemic and must receive a blood transfusion.
Does malaria make you anemic? Answer
must be transferred to a local hospital for a blood transfusion.
The MSF doctor tells Myo’s mother that although MSF’s
services are free, a transfusion in the referral hospital will
require a small fee. Myo’s mother is too poor to pay so
who covers the cost of the transfusion? Answer
has started to give HIV patients in Honduras expensive antiretroviral
drugs that halt the progression of AIDS. MSF workers check each
patient’s supply of drugs to see if they have been taken
properly. Are patients in developing countries less likely to
take their prescriptions regularly? Answer
this episode, Dr. Ed Chai is providing medical care and training
in China. Is healthcare in China free? If so, is there a need
for MSF? Answer
this episode, nurse Marg Ward is treating a patient named Mary
for TB in Sudan. The treatment will last eight months. Is this
Q. In the Afghanistan section of this episode, a woman is suffering from a mitral valve problem. What is this and what causes it? Answer
the Sudan section of this episode, an infant has a congenital
condition that results in a swelling of the head. What is this
and how would it be treated in a modern hospital? Answer
the Cambodia section of this episode, an engineer is building
a well for a local hospital. What else can volunteer engineers
do for MSF? Answer