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

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March 16, 2017

For the past two years, Francis Ronyo worked as a nurse at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Wau Shilluk, South SudanFrancis was on duty when the order was given to evacuate Wau Shilluk and flee to Kodok.

March 16, 2017

Mary Mayik Lual is a 32-year-old single mother of five, who worked as a cleaner at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Wau Shilluk, South Sudan. When the fighting started she was forced to flee with the rest of the town’s population to Kodok and then to Aburoch, where MSF runs emergency operations.

February 21, 2017

People are constantly on the move in South Sudan’s Leer and Mayendit counties, where shifting front lines of conflict frequently force residents to flee their homes. Repeated attacks on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Leer have further complicated the situation, necessitating new approaches to health care provision. Here, MSF doctor Philippa Pett describes how her team of South Sudanese staff has adapted to provide health care to people on the move through a flexible network of mobile clinics.

February 17, 2017

More than 290,000 people live in refugee camps in Tanzania's northwestern Kigoma District. The vast majority came from neighboring Burundi. More people cross the border every day—according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees nearly 19,000 Burundians arrived in January 2017.

February 16, 2017

MSF has supported the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) to provide diagnosis, treatment, care, and support to inmates with psychiatric disorders, HIV, and tuberculosis at Chikurubi Maximum Security prison's male and female psychiatric units since May 2012. MSF also supports eight other selected prisons in the Mashonaland provinces with mental health training programs.

January 20, 2017

At least 90 people were killed and 120 wounded on January 17 in an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian military on a camp for displaced people in Rann, in the east of Nigeria’s Borno State. A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team, which had started work in the camp just a few days earlier, provided first aid to 120 wounded people in the tented clinic—the only health facility in the area.

December 09, 2016

Pediatric specialist Marco Olla worked in Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) malnutrition projects in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. Here, he describes the scope of the crisis in Maiduguri, the medical impact of malnutrition on children, and the treatment provided by MSF teams.

October 25, 2016

South Africa has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in the world, with more than 20,000 people diagnosed with DR-TB in 2015. Yet the current DR-TB treatment regimen—which consists of a combination of multiple pills and daily injections—is only successful in about half of all people who receive it. New drugs such as delamanid offer the opportunity to provide more successful, tolerable treatment regimens to patients with few other options available.

October 21, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychiatrist Frédéric Gelly describes how, with the help of her granddaughter, one Liberian Ebola survivor, a woman named Massa, came to terms with the trauma of her daughter’s death.

All Massa could talk about was the death of her daughter.

October 21, 2016

Two years after the peak of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, survivors, families, and health workers are slowly rebuilding their lives. As Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) transfers its mental health services to the Liberian Ministry of Health, MSF psychiatrist Frédéric Gelly describes the process of psychological healing that so many must endure.

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