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

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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.

January 12, 2017

Despite the “back-to-school ceasefire”—an agreement signed in September to guarantee a safe environment for children to attend school after the summer—shelling continues in many villages located near the front line areas in eastern Ukraine. After nearly three years of conflict, civilians still bear the brunt of the ongoing violence, with more than 1.7 million forced from their homes, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the International Organization for Migration.

November 29, 2016

Doctor Fernanda Rick specializes in infectious diseases and has worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2014. Here she writes from Dawei, in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region, where she is medical team leader for MSF’s HIV project.

November 29, 2016

War-torn Aleppo is no place to raise children, but Umm Leen has seven kids, and they’ve never left the besieged city. Here, Leen tells her story about delivering a child into a city under constant target.

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 22, 2016

In the areas of Haiti hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew, many communities remain cut off from aid, rendered inaccessible by the storm. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) patients and staff members tell their stories in their own words.

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.

August 22, 2016

David Kuwayama, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon, shares a particularly memorable experience from his time at MSF's hospital in Betou, Congo

About 2 o’clock in the morning I hear a knock on the door. It’s the night guard from our hospital. He tells me there is a pregnant woman in trouble, and I’m needed at the hospital right away.

August 11, 2016

Ana Zaratiegui is Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of medical operations in Latin America. Here she describes the situation in Colombia, where MSF is responding to an unusual spike in malaria.

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