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

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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.

April 21, 2016

Concha Fernández is the project coordinator for two of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams currently responding to medical needs in Ecuador following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the northeast of the country on April 16. According to official figures, 570 people are confirmed dead, more than 7,000 are injured, and 155 people remain missing. More than 24,400 people are now living in shelters. Early Wednesday morning, a powerful aftershock measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck about 25 kilometers west of Muisne, one of the hardest-hit areas.

March 08, 2016

These stories have been bravely shared by women and girls cared for by MSF in our medical humanitarian projects. Each woman, or child in the company of their guardian, has given consent for their stories to be shared. Their hope, and ours, is that you can bear witness to their suffering, and contribute to breaking down the barriers to addressing sexual violence.

June 30, 2011

Recently, Chagas projects have seen their treatment capacities limited due to a shortage in benznidazole, a first-line drug manufactured by only one laboratory in Brazil. 

February 28, 2011

In addition to integrating diagnosis and treatment pf Chagas disease in health centers, MSF visits remote communities and schools assisting the populations unable to reach the clinics.

February 04, 2011

Sérgio Cabral, who coordinated MSF’s activities in response to widespread flooding in the region north of Rio de Janeiro, talks about the work that was done.

May 05, 2010

An interview with Melania Raga Bejarano, head nurse in the maternity ward of San Francisco Asis Hospital in Colombia’s Chocó department.

April 20, 2010

An interview with Brazillian activist Fatima Mello, who worked with South American civil society groups to bring down the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas

July 21, 2009

"Internally displaced people in Colombia often describe themselves as being 'refugees for life'. On the one hand, this stigmatizes them. On the other, the conflict has penetrated deeply into the social fabric of society."

July 13, 2009

An MSF patient from Quibdo, Colombia, was 13 when she was raped by her neighbor two years ago. The difficult consequences have had a major impact on her life. "The man lived next to us. We all shared a bathroom. I was home alone, and it was morning before I had to leave for school. I was washing and he saw me and came into the house. My little sister had damaged our TV plug so he told me to come in and watch his TV. So I came in with a chair, and as I was sitting down he came close to me, grabbed my arms and tried to make me sit on the bed."

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