Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

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April 23, 2015

Dr. Chiara Montaldo is coordinating MSF’s efforts in Sicily to provide medical and psychological care to migrants rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. This account originally appeared in The Guardian.

April 13, 2015

Twenty-year-old Umaru recovered from Ebola in late February at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Prince of Wales Ebola Management Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He has come to MSF’s survivor clinic each week since then. He was one of four people in his family to recover from the disease. Here, Umaru discusses his battle with the virus, and the struggle to cope with life after recovery.

April 13, 2015

Hellen Morris is an Ebola survivor from Liberia. She lost her husband and seven of his family members, including his parents, to Ebola in August 2014. Here she describes the challenges of trying to live after battling the disease.

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 26, 2015

Creating awareness is a key component of the response to an Ebola epidemic. It is impossible to eradicate the disease without the population’s support and changes in behavior.

January 21, 2015

Before joining the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola emergency mission in Liberia in August 2014, Liberian physician's assistant Jackson K.P. Naimah worked as a vaccine officer in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Here, he tells his story.

November 20, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Monica Arend-Trujillo recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Bo, Sierra Leone. Patient names have been changed.

Yesterday was a day of three miracles—two of our sickest-ever patients were discharged, and a baby girl survived against all the odds.

November 03, 2014

In Sierra Leone, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs two Ebola Case Management Centers (CMCs)—one in Bo and another in Kailahun—with over 1,400 staff. The Kailahun Ebola Case Management Center was opened on June 26, 2014. To date, MSF teams have admitted more than 600 patients with confirmed Ebola, of whom 292 have recovered. Here, staff members at the CMCs discuss their experiences.

October 22, 2014

 

On Monday, October 20, medical doctor and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field worker Silje Lehne Michalsen was discharged from Oslo University Hospital, Ulleval. She was treated for Ebola hemorrhagic fever after having contracted the disease in Sierra Leone in early October.

Michalsen is now fully recovered and no longer contagious.

October 21, 2014

 

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has admitted more than 4,500 patients to its treatment centers. Among these, more than 2,700 were confirmed as having Ebola.

Amidst all the loss and suffering, there are several stories of survival. Today, out of all the patients cared for in MSF’s projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, we celebrate the 1,000th survivor.

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