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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.

October 17, 2014

 

Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is  important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?

October 16, 2014

Zayzay Mulba is an Ebola survivor who now works in the psychosocial support team at an MSF Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. Here, he tells his story.

October 16, 2014

Salome Karwah thought her life was over when she tested positive for Ebola. But after recovering at MSF's Elwa 3 Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, she began working as a mental health counselor there, helping others to fight the virus.

September 24, 2014

 

Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter is a 31-year-old psychologist from Trondheim, Norway. She recently spent one month working in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola response in Monrovia. Here, she discusses her experience.

Liberia is divided by an orange double fence. We built it to keep the sickness at bay. We built it to separate us (the healthy, the privileged) from them (the sick, the needy). We built it to feel less mortal. We built it for the noble purpose of barrier nursing.

Patrick is on the inside, I am on the outside.

September 08, 2014

 

“A lot of people are surprised that talking and counseling can help,” says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist Saràh Dina. “It is a very medication dependent society. When someone has a problem they tend to just take a pill.”

Dina recently completed a nine-month assignment in Pakistan, where she coordinated the work of a team of MSF mental health counselors working in Balochistan province. Here, she discusses what she saw, heard, and learned during the experience:

September 02, 2014

MSF health promoter Ella Watson-Stryker writes about her experience as part of MSF's emergency Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

August 08, 2014

 

Dr. Armand Sprecher is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hemorrhagic fever specialist.

August 01, 2014

 

Michele Beck, a medical referent with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is in Gaza City, explains what MSF teams have and have not been able to do in the last few days.

A 72-hour truce began this morning, but it did not last long. During the truce we had planned to go to Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, to see if they needed any additional supplies or staff. But we couldn’t—we had to turn around as the fighting resumed.

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