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Anaesthetist Deepa Kannadi went to South Sudan earlier this year for a short stint in an MSF hospital. Here’s her account of what it was like, in 5 images.     1. I had never travelled outside India, and I was going to a conflict zone for my first assignment. I had butterflies in my stomach. Many…
May 15, 2017
The UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Bentiu to the north of South Sudan is one of the sites MSF works in. The camp is home to over 120,000 people who have fled violence in different parts of the country. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma

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A testimony by Rene Colgo, deputy head of mission presently coordinating the MSF emergency response in Bangassou. We had known for weeks that they were getting closer… We were told they were 60 kilometres away. Then, two weeks ago, as we were on our weekly visit to the health centre of Yongofongo…
MSF is calling on all parties to agree to a ceasefire in order to access wounded people in urgent need of life-saving medical care.  Photo: MSF
Anaesthetist Deepa Kannadi went to South Sudan earlier this year for a short stint in an MSF hospital. Here’s her account of what it was like, in 5 images.     1. I had never travelled outside India, and I was going to a conflict zone for my first assignment. I had butterflies in my stomach. Many…
The UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Bentiu to the north of South Sudan is one of the sites MSF works in. The camp is home to over 120,000 people who have fled violence in different parts of the country. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma
  Alan De Lima Pereira is working as a Medical Coordinator with MSF. Photo: Ikram N'gadiImagine a world where a small finger prick can get fatally infected or an elective caesarean surgical wound fails to heal at all. One may immediately connect this with the pre-antibiotic era though some…
Over- and misuse of antibiotics have contributed to the spread of antibiotic resistant diseases and has turned it into a global public health threat. Photo: Doris Burtscher/MSF
The fighting continues in Libya, a country fragmented by a multitude of militias. In reality, Fayez el-Sarraj, who became Prime Minister over a year ago, governs only some areas in the west. He does not control the capital, where crime and violence committed by rival gangs and militias are…
Almost all of the roughly 40 female inmates had medical complaints. More than half complained about scabies, followed by general body pain, often associated with mental trauma. Photo: Tankred Stoebe/MSF
Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are being forcibly returned to northeast Nigeria. In March 2017, three of them told MSF staff their stories.   Mayara*, 35 years old, 16 March 2017 I am originally from a village, not too far from here, but fled to Kolofata in Cameroon more than one year ago because…
Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
Katie Treble, 31, is a doctor from the UK. She was working in the MSF hospital in Bria, Central African Republic, during the weekend of 24 to 26 March when heavy fighting occurred and MSF received 24 wounded people in three days. "The hospital’s small triage area was overwhelmed with patients,…
Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are being forcibly returned to northeast Nigeria. In March 2017, three of them told MSF staff their stories.   Mayara*, 35 years old, 16 March 2017 I am originally from a village, not too far from here, but fled to Kolofata in Cameroon more than one year ago because…
Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
As fighting intensifies to control the city of Raqqa, the city’s residents are once again caught in the middle. During six years of war, they have suffered bombing, fighting, persecution and public beheadings. Thousands have risked their lives to cross checkpoints and minefields to reach safer…
MSF staff entering the Meshta Nour hospital, Kobane, Syria. Photo: Jamal Bali/MSF
Swaziland has the highest rate of new cases of tuberculosis in the world. Multidrug-resistant forms of the disease are on the increase.  For many DR-TB patients like Winile, treatment is a long and gruelling two-year journey involving between 15 to 25 toxic tablets every day and daily injections…
Winile, 39, XDR-TB patient & HIV-positive, received a sign language qualification. She became deaf due to the side effects of the treatment. Matsapha clinic, Manzini Region, Swaziland. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
By Zanele Zwane, MSF Swaziland “You see, I am healed. Even my legs don’t give me problems anymore. Now I can walk perfectly. I walk around the hospital; go out for fresh air and come back when I’m ready,” says an elated Tholakele as she walks around her ward demonstrating her recovery.  …
Tholakele, an MDR-TB patient, was admitted in National TB Hospital, Moneni, Manzini Region, Swaziland  in April 2016. She now spends her days reading her bible. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
Over 290,000 people live in refugee camps in Tanzania`s northwestern Kigoma district, the vast majority coming from neighbouring Burundi. People are crossing the border every day – in January, nearly 19,000 Burundians arrived in Tanzania, according to the UNHCR. Unsanitary and overcrowded…
More than 290,000 people live in refugee camps in Tanzania's northwestern Kigoma district. Photo: Eleanor Weber Ballard/MSF
Baba, 37, is one of the dozens people wounded during last Tuesday’s airstrikes in Rann, Northern Nigeria. He is now being treated in Maiduguri. He lived in Rann since he had to flee from his home village of Kala, 10 months ago. “When the first bombing happened, I was far from it. But it happened…
An image of Rann IDP camp after the bombing. Photo: Mohammed Musoke/MSF
A testimony by Rene Colgo, deputy head of mission presently coordinating the MSF emergency response in Bangassou. We had known for weeks that they were getting closer… We were told they were 60 kilometres away. Then, two weeks ago, as we were on our weekly visit to the health centre of Yongofongo…
MSF is calling on all parties to agree to a ceasefire in order to access wounded people in urgent need of life-saving medical care.  Photo: MSF
Anaesthetist Deepa Kannadi went to South Sudan earlier this year for a short stint in an MSF hospital. Here’s her account of what it was like, in 5 images.     1. I had never travelled outside India, and I was going to a conflict zone for my first assignment. I had butterflies in my stomach. Many…
The UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Bentiu to the north of South Sudan is one of the sites MSF works in. The camp is home to over 120,000 people who have fled violence in different parts of the country. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma
  Alan De Lima Pereira is working as a Medical Coordinator with MSF. Photo: Ikram N'gadiImagine a world where a small finger prick can get fatally infected or an elective caesarean surgical wound fails to heal at all. One may immediately connect this with the pre-antibiotic era though some…
Over- and misuse of antibiotics have contributed to the spread of antibiotic resistant diseases and has turned it into a global public health threat. Photo: Doris Burtscher/MSF
The fighting continues in Libya, a country fragmented by a multitude of militias. In reality, Fayez el-Sarraj, who became Prime Minister over a year ago, governs only some areas in the west. He does not control the capital, where crime and violence committed by rival gangs and militias are…
Almost all of the roughly 40 female inmates had medical complaints. More than half complained about scabies, followed by general body pain, often associated with mental trauma. Photo: Tankred Stoebe/MSF
Katie Treble, 31, is a doctor from the UK. She was working in the MSF hospital in Bria, Central African Republic, during the weekend of 24 to 26 March when heavy fighting occurred and MSF received 24 wounded people in three days. "The hospital’s small triage area was overwhelmed with patients,…
Two years after the conflict escalated, medical and humanitarian needs in the Arab country are huge and aid organisations have many problems providing assistance. Candelaria Lanusse (Buenos Aires, 1975), a nurse, is health adviser for Yemen at Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (…
Photo: MSF
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