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

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July 22, 2016

Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF physician onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on July 20, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.

July 18, 2016

Just three months after starting a new project offering treatment for advanced HIV/AIDS in support of the Hôpital Communautaire in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its activities to respond to the high demand for treatment. Here, MSF medical referent Dr. Christine Bimansha Mbombo discusses the situation.

June 30, 2016

About 60,000 people trying to flee Syria are trapped without aid in extremely harsh conditions near Jordan’s northeastern border in a large informal camp area known as the "berm." Here, they describe the situation in their own words.

June 16, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny recounts the evacuation of Idomeni and his experience treating refugees and migrants in Greece following the EU-Turkey deal.

June 15, 2016

“This was the first time I was confronted with injuries caused by gunshots, grenades and mines, and they were often horrific injuries,” says Helmut Shoengen, an anesthetist and doctor who recently returned from working in Aden, Yemen, with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

“We treated many severely injured patients—men, women and children as well—with gunshot wounds to their heads, chests, abdomens, arms and legs,” he says. “Grenade injuries were bad, because they often included burn injuries to the face.

June 02, 2016

Yahya Jarad is a nursing supervisor at MSF´s Al Salamah hospital, and a 2007 nursing graduate from Aleppo University. Last Friday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)had to evacuate the patients of Al Salamah hospital and close the facility as front lines drew too close. An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in northern Syria’s Azaz district with battle lines approaching.

May 25, 2016

Refugees living in Elliniko Sports Stadium in Athens, Greece, tell their stories in their own words.

May 11, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pediatrics advisor Dr. David Green recently arrived in Koutiala, southern Mali, to begin an extended visit to one of MSF’s largest pediatric programs at Koutiala Reference Hospital. Here, he describes a day working with the hospital’s Malian doctors, whose wealth of experience keeps the six-year-old project running.

May 06, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny writes from Idomeni, Greece, where more than 1,000 refugees are trapped at the border.

Before I could see him, I could hear his screams coming towards us through the fabric of the field clinic tent. Carried in a standard issue dark thermal blanket by four young men, he was in tears, screaming and writhing in agony. We placed him immediately on our assessment bench. It was clear that this was an emergency.

May 02, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) women's health advisor and midwife Kara Blackburn recently completed an assessment of MSF’s fastest-growing emergency obstetrics and neonatal care project, in Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Here she discusses the context.

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