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.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams organized quickly to provide aid in Nepal after the first earthquake. Ann Taylor, MSF head of mission, explains how assistance was deployed after a second quake struck the country.
Anne Kluijtmans, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse from Holland, was on holiday in Nepal when the earthquake struck on Saturday, April 25. She quickly joined the MSF teams who had arrived in the country to respond.
Dr. Prince Mathew normally coordinates Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects in India's Bihar State, but was quickly deployed to Nepal following the earthquake on April 25. Here he describes MSF's operations in Nepal, and his experience.
Dr. Philippe Touchard, an anesthetist, is head of emergencies at the Pasteur Hospital in Langon, near Bordeaux. Forty-eight hours after the January 12 earthquake, he flew to Haiti to reinforce MSF’s surgical teams in Port-au-Prince. Here are exerpts of his journal of this short mission.