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Dr Bhavna Chawla, a surgeon, recently returned from Bentiu, South Sudan, where MSF operates the sole hospital in a camp of over 120,000 internally displaced persons.   South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in 2011. But the euphoria of independence would prove short-lived, as the country…
March 21, 2017
The 120-bed facility provides 24-hour emergency room care, intensive care for malnourished children, and surgical and maternity services. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma

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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
On 19 February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village to the south of Mosul. It has two operating theatres, one intensive care unit, an emergency room, an inpatient ward and other necessary support facilities. The MSF team at the hospital is composed primarily of…
On 19 February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village to the south of Mosul. Photo: Louise Annaud /MSF
Dr Bhavna Chawla, a surgeon, recently returned from Bentiu, South Sudan, where MSF operates the sole hospital in a camp of over 120,000 internally displaced persons.   South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in 2011. But the euphoria of independence would prove short-lived, as the country…
The 120-bed facility provides 24-hour emergency room care, intensive care for malnourished children, and surgical and maternity services. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma
Mary Mayik Lual is a 32-year-old single mother of five, who worked at the MSF hospital in Wau Shilluk. When the fighting started, she was forced to flee with the rest of the town’s population for Kodok and then on to Aburoch where MSF is running emergency operations. On 3 February 2017, I was on…
For the last two years, Francis Ronyo worked as a nurse in MSF’s Wau Shilluk hospital. He was one of the national staff on duty when the order was given to evacuate and leave for Kodok.   For the last two years, Francis Ronyo has worked as a nurse in MSF’s Wau Shilluk hospital. Photo: Riaz…
MSF has responded to the urgent medical needs of this displaced population by opening a field hospital with an inpatient, an outpatient and an emergency department in Aburoch, where up to 15,000 people have settled. Photo: Riaz Hussain/MSF
Children in many parts of Syria have not been vaccinated against preventable diseases. Sara Ferrer, a nurse who is coordinating the medical projects of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in areas of Aleppo governorate, explains the risks. Sara Ferrer, MSF nurse, is…
An MSF nurse in Al Salamah hospital vaccinates a child in the framework of an expanded immunisation program (EPI). Photo: 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
Valentina Viktorovna is a 52-year-old teacher who has seen her life torn apart by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. She lives in Pavlopil with her husband, a village located only a few kilometres away from the contact line. After losing her job, her house was repeatedly damaged by shelling.…
Galina Mizina, MSF psychologist, consults with a patient in an MSF mobile clinic in Stepanivka. The clinic is held in a kindergarten, which is also partially used as a health center. Photo: Maurice Ressel
MSF is providing food aid to families in Maiduguri who receive little or no support from other organisations. Many of these people live in the Muna area on the outskirts of the city, where there are eight informal camps with populations ranging from 500 to 6,000 people. Two of the settlements that…
MSF distributed food to 500 families in Maiduguri on December 14, 2016. Each family receives enough food for two weeks; 25 kilograms of millet, five kilograms of beans and five litres of palm oil. The ration also includes eight bars of soap. Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
On 19 February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village to the south of Mosul. It has two operating theatres, one intensive care unit, an emergency room, an inpatient ward and other necessary support facilities. The MSF team at the hospital is composed primarily of…
On 19 February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village to the south of Mosul. Photo: Louise Annaud /MSF
Dr Bhavna Chawla, a surgeon, recently returned from Bentiu, South Sudan, where MSF operates the sole hospital in a camp of over 120,000 internally displaced persons.   South Sudan became the world’s newest nation in 2011. But the euphoria of independence would prove short-lived, as the country…
The 120-bed facility provides 24-hour emergency room care, intensive care for malnourished children, and surgical and maternity services. Photo: Rogier Jaarsma
Mary Mayik Lual is a 32-year-old single mother of five, who worked at the MSF hospital in Wau Shilluk. When the fighting started, she was forced to flee with the rest of the town’s population for Kodok and then on to Aburoch where MSF is running emergency operations. On 3 February 2017, I was on…
For the last two years, Francis Ronyo worked as a nurse in MSF’s Wau Shilluk hospital. He was one of the national staff on duty when the order was given to evacuate and leave for Kodok.   For the last two years, Francis Ronyo has worked as a nurse in MSF’s Wau Shilluk hospital. Photo: Riaz…
MSF has responded to the urgent medical needs of this displaced population by opening a field hospital with an inpatient, an outpatient and an emergency department in Aburoch, where up to 15,000 people have settled. Photo: Riaz Hussain/MSF
Children in many parts of Syria have not been vaccinated against preventable diseases. Sara Ferrer, a nurse who is coordinating the medical projects of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in areas of Aleppo governorate, explains the risks. Sara Ferrer, MSF nurse, is…
An MSF nurse in Al Salamah hospital vaccinates a child in the framework of an expanded immunisation program (EPI). Photo: MSF
By Caroline Willemen, technical advisor of MSF on mental health support for Syrian refugees A woman enters the sunny courtyard of an old house in Kilis (southern Turkey) to welcome us, summoning her son to clean a set of plastic chairs with a rag before we sit down. Her name is Loubna* and for the…
Caroline Willemen, technical advisor of MSF on mental health support for Syrian refugees in Kilis, Turkey. Photo: MSF
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