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


October 14, 2016

With intensive care units full and medical supplies running out, eastern Aleppo’s seven remaining hospitals cannot cope for much longer, says surgeon Dr. Abu Huthaifa.

September 29, 2016

The story of Maya Mahameed, 13, from Syria, as told by her mother:

My daughter Maya, who is 13 years old, sustained a serious injury on her way back from school as a result of rocket shelling on Dara'a Governorate on February 17, 2015.

Maya was transported to the Jordanian-Syrian border suffering injuries in the abdomen, hip and sacrum. Upon reaching the border, Maya was taken in an MSF Ramtha Hospital ambulance to the Jordanian side to receive urgent medical care.

September 09, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Crystal van Leeuwen recently returned from seven months coordinating MSF’s medical activities in Yemen. A member of MSF’s emergency team, van Leeuwen has worked with MSF in countries including Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria, as well as on the Ebola response in West Africa. Here, she describes her experience in Yemen.

September 09, 2016

MSF surgeon Hardik Vyas, otherwise known as “Tonny,” writes from MSF’s Ramtha emergency surgical project, in northern Jordan, just across the border from war-torn Syria.

August 22, 2016

David Kuwayama, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon, shares a particularly memorable experience from his time at MSF's hospital in Betou, Congo

About 2 o’clock in the morning I hear a knock on the door. It’s the night guard from our hospital. He tells me there is a pregnant woman in trouble, and I’m needed at the hospital right away.

August 11, 2016

An interview with Dr. Hussein, a Syrian pediatrician who manages a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in besieged eastern Aleppo, which is now enduring a withering onslaught by government and government-affiliated forces. Dr. Hussein had left Aleppo to celebrate Eid Al Fitr outside the city and has been unable to get back in since the last road into east Aleppo was cut in July.

August 01, 2016

In Guinea-Bissau, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides pediatric care and works to prevent the spread of malaria. Here, MSF project coordinator Jana Brandt discusses the situation.

July 28, 2016

Nurse Nicole Campbell recently returned from her second assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Jordan. Here, she discusses her experiences in the MSF maternity hospital in Irbid.

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.

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.