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

August 11, 2016

By Natalie Thurtle, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator.

"Berm" /bəːm/ an artificial ridge or embankment, such as one built as a defense.

Syria. Eleven million displaced. Four hundred thousand deaths. These are approximations. At this juncture, deaths and displaced persons are estimated in zeros—the individual simply disappears.

May 20, 2015

Ahlam* is a 22-year-old mother from Dara’a governorate in Syria. She is the mother of two children, both of whom were born at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital for mother and child care in Irbid, Jordan. Here, Ahlam tells her story and recounts some of the challenges she has faced since she crossed the border to Jordan in 2012. 

March 25, 2015

The Syrian Civil Defense is a group of Syrian volunteers, also named as “the White Helmets,” who provide an ambulance service. MSF organized training on triage of the wounded for White Helmet volunteers in the Idlib area. Dr. Taher Wazzaz, the medical coordinator of the Civil Defense teams in Idlib, explains how they provide first aid to the wounded.

March 25, 2015

Anadan hospital near Aleppo is one of the many hospitals MSF supports with donations of drugs and medical material. Dr. Hassan Hamsho, the director of the Anadan hospital near Aleppo, explains how they manage to provide medical care in this rebel-held area.

March 25, 2015

The Directorate of Health for Hama region is a network of medical facilities set-up by Syrian doctors to provide medical care in areas controlled by opposition forces. Dr. Ahmad Dobbis, medical coordinator for the Directorate in the Hama region, talks about condition of medical care in the region.

March 04, 2015

MSF field coordinator Seïdina Ousseini explains the difficulties facing MSF teams providing medical aid to a population affected by political crisis and insecurity in Ansongo, northern Mali.

February 12, 2015

A little more than a year after the current conflict started in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Siobhan O’Malley has provided health care in both Malakal and Bentiu, two of the towns hit hardest by the fighting. Here she reflects on working on the frontline, providing neutral and impartial medical care to those most in need.

February 10, 2015

For weeks, the East Ghouta rural area near Damascus, Syria, has been besieged by intense bombing on an almost daily basis. Dr. N, director of a MSF-supported hospital in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus who has asked to remain anonymous, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square on 23 January.

January 15, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas carried out two assignments in Central African Republic (CAR) between April and December 2014 and opened MSF’s program of medical and psychological support for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, CAR’s capital.

Again and again, she heard the testimonies of people imprisoned by violence and trauma.

February 26, 2014

An MSF project coordinator describes the devastation she saw at MSF’s ransacked hospital in Leer.