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

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May 20, 2015

Ahlam* is a 22-year-old mother from Dara’a governorate in Syria. She is the mother of two children, both of whom were born at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital for mother and child care in Irbid, Jordan. Here, Ahlam tells her story and recounts some of the challenges she has faced since she crossed the border to Jordan in 2012. 

May 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a non-communicable diseases (NCD) project in Jordan's Irbid governorate on December 15, 2014. Jon Gunnarsson Ruthman, a nurse at the project, explains how MSF is helping both Syrian refugees living in the host community in Irbid and disadvantaged Jordanian nationals suffering from chronic diseases.

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.

March 25, 2015

Anadan hospital near Aleppo is one of the many hospitals MSF supports with donations of drugs and medical material. Dr. Hassan Hamsho, the director of the Anadan hospital near Aleppo, explains how they manage to provide medical care in this rebel-held area.

March 25, 2015

The Syrian Civil Defense is a group of Syrian volunteers, also named as “the White Helmets,” who provide an ambulance service. MSF organized training on triage of the wounded for White Helmet volunteers in the Idlib area. Dr. Taher Wazzaz, the medical coordinator of the Civil Defense teams in Idlib, explains how they provide first aid to the wounded.

March 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) currently runs six health facilities in northern Syria, but in the majority of the country intense fighting and insecurity bars the organization's teams from providing hands-on medical care. In order to ensure some continuity of medical care in the midst of the war, MSF supports over 100 medical centers across Syria in areas where medical help is most needed, with a focus on besieged communities and active conflict areas where little or no other medical support is being provided.

February 10, 2015

For weeks, the East Ghouta rural area near Damascus, Syria, has been besieged by intense bombing on an almost daily basis. Dr. N, director of a MSF-supported hospital in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus who has asked to remain anonymous, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square on 23 January.

July 15, 2014

 

In March, clinical psychologist Charlotte Yence returned from a five-month mission with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Iraq, where MSF has worked in Syrian refugee camps since 2013. She set up mental health care programmes in the Kawargosk, Qushtapa, and Darashakran camps, and here she tells us about some of her encounters:

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