Stories from the Field

Stories from the Field

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Kala azar is one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases in the world. It is spread to humans by bites from infected female sand flies and attacks the immune system. While cases of the disease are declining steadily, kala azar-HIV co-infection is fast becoming a serious threat. After…
September 18, 2018
Bihar: "I try to bring hope to patients with kala azar-HIV co-infection through counselling"

Stories from the field

A thin-framed Kamla* looked around, unsure whether she was at the right place, and hesitating whether to share her experience or not. This was the first time she was visiting MSF’s Umeed ki Kiran (Ray of Hope) clinic on the recommendation of an MSF health educator. Reassured by the friendliness of…
A SGBV survivor’s story: “He would come home drunk, beat me, urinate on my face and threaten to abuse me in worse ways.”
Former child soldiers from the armed conflict in South Sudan are being helped to reintegrate into society by a team from Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Mental health activity manager Silvia Márquez describes the project, which is a first for MSF.  “All across South…
South Sudan: “It is very gratifying to see former child soldiers being integrated back into their communities”
Subashini is from Jharkhand, where she works with MSF as a Community Health Educator to improve local communities’ understanding of health and nutrition. But it was her own experience as a young mother with a malnourished child that inspired her to help others avoid the same story. In this animated…
For the almost two million people forced to leave their homes in northeastern Nigeria over the past nine years, the emergency in the region is far from over, and people continue to be displaced by the violence on a daily basis. Caught up in a long-running conflict, many people in Borno and Yobe…
Nigeria: “All I have in this world are the clothes on my back”
Elis, a 30-year-old mother who is seven months pregnant and was treated by MSF, recounts her experience of the tsunami that hit her family’s home on the coast of Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on 22 December 2018. As told to Cici Riesmasari, MSF communications officer, in Labuan on 31 December 2018. “I…
From Jharkhand to Uttar Pradesh and Jordan to Bangladesh, our Indian field workers work with our teams to provide essential medical care to the those in need. We've compiled a list of the top five reads from our Indian field workers who've shared their stories with us this year.    …
A thin-framed Kamla* looked around, unsure whether she was at the right place, and hesitating whether to share her experience or not. This was the first time she was visiting MSF’s Umeed ki Kiran (Ray of Hope) clinic on the recommendation of an MSF health educator. Reassured by the friendliness of…
A SGBV survivor’s story: “He would come home drunk, beat me, urinate on my face and threaten to abuse me in worse ways.”
For the almost two million people forced to leave their homes in northeastern Nigeria over the past nine years, the emergency in the region is far from over, and people continue to be displaced by the violence on a daily basis. Caught up in a long-running conflict, many people in Borno and Yobe…
Nigeria: “All I have in this world are the clothes on my back”
Elis, a 30-year-old mother who is seven months pregnant and was treated by MSF, recounts her experience of the tsunami that hit her family’s home on the coast of Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on 22 December 2018. As told to Cici Riesmasari, MSF communications officer, in Labuan on 31 December 2018. “I…
As well as suffering a lack of awareness and social stigma, kala azar-HIV co-infected patients are also prone to other infections, relapse more often and are at a greater risk of death. 39-year-old Zoya shares her story of recovery after being treated for kala azar and HIV at Doctors Without…
Zoya's story: "I have returned from the brink of death"
“At first, we didn’t believe in Ebola,” says Marie-Vincent, a woman recently discharged from MSF’s Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has just recovered from the virus after her entire family fell sick. Marie-Vincent doesn’t know how old she is, but she…
  For World TB Day 2018, we celebrate the courage and endurance of four MSF patients who are currently undergoing treatment for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).  Pooja, Rekha, Vikas and Sita are receiving care in MSF’s DR-TB programme in Mumbai, where a multi-disciplinary MSF team is providing patients…
Former child soldiers from the armed conflict in South Sudan are being helped to reintegrate into society by a team from Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Mental health activity manager Silvia Márquez describes the project, which is a first for MSF.  “All across South…
South Sudan: “It is very gratifying to see former child soldiers being integrated back into their communities”
Subashini is from Jharkhand, where she works with MSF as a Community Health Educator to improve local communities’ understanding of health and nutrition. But it was her own experience as a young mother with a malnourished child that inspired her to help others avoid the same story. In this animated…
From Jharkhand to Uttar Pradesh and Jordan to Bangladesh, our Indian field workers work with our teams to provide essential medical care to the those in need. We've compiled a list of the top five reads from our Indian field workers who've shared their stories with us this year.    …
Four years into the recent conflict, Robert Onus, MSF’s former head of mission in Yemen, describes its impact on people across the country.   How has the war affected people in Yemen?  “One can really see how, year on year, the effect of the war has decimated so much of Yemeni society. Public…
Yemen: “When you add it all up, you’re looking at a devastating situation for the people of Yemen”
Gisela Vallès is the medical team leader at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Abs, the capital of the district of the same name in northern Yemen. Increased fighting in the region in recent weeks is causing new waves of displacement. Gisela explains…
Hilde De Clerk is one of MSF’s most experienced Ebola doctors and has been managing outbreaks of Ebola and similar viruses for more than 10 years. Hilde has just returned from North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the latest outbreak of Ebola has proven hard to control.…
DRC: “Ebola is about human beings and trust”
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