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

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. 

March 02, 2015

From October 2014 to January 2015, pediatric nurse Elodie Barniet helped organize the opening of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’s (MSF) maternity center at the hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The maternity center includes a free neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and kangaroo care unit—in which skin-to-skin contact with the mother warms the baby and helps with bonding—for managing potential complications.

June 23, 2014

MSF medical coordinator discusses MSF's work in Balochistan Province, where MSF provides care to mothers and babies at four projects.

September 24, 2013

A recently returned MSF midwife discusses the process of providing maternal and obstetric care in war-ravaged Syria, along with some of the more memorable women she met while in the country.

April 18, 2013

Belgian midwife Cathy Janssens, who recently returned from a MSF assignment in Syria, reflects on the highs and lows of her experience.

March 20, 2013

MSF project manager Loïc Jaeger describes the situation in Syria, where he spent two months working in an MSF hospital.

February 20, 2013

MSF Dr. Susanna Ericsson describes the experience of a patient in Shamwana, where ongoing fighting between government forces and militias has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush.

May 09, 2012

Trained with the aid of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr. Valentin Vadandi is one of the few experts in obstetric fistula surgery in the world.

March 15, 2012

An MSF field coordinator in Najaf discusses perinatal and obstetric care in the one of the region's largest hospitals.

February 13, 2012

MSF nurse Alice Echumbe describes her experiences as supervisor at MSF's Jamaa Letu family health center.

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