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

September 08, 2014

 

“A lot of people are surprised that talking and counseling can help,” says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist Saràh Dina. “It is a very medication dependent society. When someone has a problem they tend to just take a pill.”

Dina recently completed a nine-month assignment in Pakistan, where she coordinated the work of a team of MSF mental health counselors working in Balochistan province. Here, she discusses what she saw, heard, and learned during the experience:

January 27, 2014

In Hebron and East Jerusalem, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a medical and psychosocial program for people suffering from conflict-related trauma. MSF teams focus on people with psychological distress (acute stress, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic syndromes, depression) related to violent incidents with Israeli settlers, the Israeli Army, or other Palestinian parties. Here, an MSF psychologist describes a session with a patient in Hebron.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Henrike Zellmann, an MSF psychologist working with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, talks about the services MSF is offering to address growing mental health needs. 

May 06, 2013

A young woman from Syria starts a new life in Turkey after being shot by a sniper.

May 02, 2013

MSF psychologist Audrey Magis discusses how war has affected people in Syria and what MSF is doing to help.

March 20, 2013

MSF project manager Loïc Jaeger describes the situation in Syria, where he spent two months working in an MSF hospital.

October 30, 2012

MSF Mental Health Officer Athena Viscusi tells the moving story of a patient's recovery in Jamam refugee camp.

June 20, 2012

MSF is expanding its activities in Lebanon for Syrian people seeking shelter and medical care.

May 30, 2012

MSF is running a program in the West Bank to provide psychological and social support as well as medical care to the victims of the conflict. 

April 17, 2012

An interview with a clinical psychologist who has spent the past nine months working among Palestinians in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

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