Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

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July 20, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have treated more than 450 severely malnourished children in its hospital in Qayyarah, around 35 miles south of Mosul, since March. Manuel Lannaud, MSF’s head of mission in Iraq, describes the scale of the childhood malnutrition problem in this region and how MSF is addressing it.

July 10, 2017

Zahra Hussain

Mother of two malnourished children

I came here with my sick children and I could barely find transportation to get us here.

A kind person with a car helped us get to the hospital. My children are in rough shape. I have four more back in Buhaira, our village. Life there is hard. I am worried about them...

Iraq Mosul internally displaced people
June 08, 2017

The battle for Mosul is taking a staggering toll on the people of Iraq’s second largest city, especially those still trapped inside western Mosul where ongoing fighting continues to result in high numbers of civilian casualties. The patients who make it to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facilities report that water and food are running low, that the few supplies available are extremely expensive, and that access to health care is almost impossible. These patients are the lucky ones who managed to escape, but there are still some 100,000

April 25, 2017

In the mornings, the emergency room of Al Salam hospital in Khamir, Yemen, is always busy.

April 11, 2017

Omar Obeid is the project coordinator for a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project in southern Syria, which he has managed remotely for the last fourteen months. In recent weeks, fighting has intensified throughout southern Syria as opposing forces contest control of the city of Dara’a. As bombings and aerial attacks in eastern Dara’a increase, hospitals and medical structures in the area have been forced to close to avoid being targeted. Here, Obeid describes the humanitarian situation.

April 03, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field coordinator Jonathan Whittall has been working in MSF's newly opened field trauma hospital in a village to the south of Mosul for three weeks. The facility has received more than 1,296 patients since it opened on February 16, around half of whom were women (261 patients) and children under the age of 15 (395 patients). Here, Jonathan discusses the 24-hour emergency trauma care provided by his team of dedicated Iraqi and international staff.

March 22, 2017

On February 19, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village to the south of Mosul. It is composed of two operating theaters, one intensive care unit, an emergency room, an in-patient ward, and other necessary support facilities.

March 07, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse practitioner Sara Ferrer currently serves as coordinator of MSF's medical projects in areas of northern Syria's Aleppo Governorate. Here she discusses the importance of vaccination campaigns for children in the war-ravaged country.

December 21, 2016

After working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Liberia at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, Australian nurse Emma Parker spent almost six months at Al-Salam Hospital in Khamir, Yemen. Here she describes her experience working as head nurse. 

December 08, 2016

Dr. Abu Wassim was working inside the East Aleppo hospital that was hit by airstrikes on November 17, 2016. Here, in an interview recorded a week later, he tells the story of that day:

“We started hearing shells raining down on the buildings at the end of the street, about 500 meters away from the hospital. We heard 40 or more shells exploding, with the noise moving closer and closer towards the hospital. That’s when all the staff—technicians, nurses and doctors—evacuated all the patients down to the basement.

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