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  Jyothi JoseAs an anaesthetist, Jyothi Jose follows a simple rule: try not to get attached to patients or their stories. It’s a rule that’s served her well wherever she has worked. However, in the three weeks she spent with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the world’s…
July 25, 2017
Most patients suffering from noma are children under the age of six, whose immune systems have been weakened by malnutrition. Photo: Adavize BAIYE/MSF

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Dr Tufail Ahmad is a Pakistani doctor working at MSF’s nutrition programme at the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, Eastern Baluchistan, Pakistan. Tufail Ahmad is examining a severely malnourished child admitted in Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) in MSF’s Dera…
One year old triplets, Haniya, Iftikhar and Taha were successfully treated at MSF newborn unit in Dera Murad Jamali, district Nasserbad. The babies were brought to MSF medical facility with low birth weight. Photo: Nasir Ghafoor/MSF
  Jyothi JoseAs an anaesthetist, Jyothi Jose follows a simple rule: try not to get attached to patients or their stories. It’s a rule that’s served her well wherever she has worked. However, in the three weeks she spent with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the world’s…
Most patients suffering from noma are children under the age of six, whose immune systems have been weakened by malnutrition. Photo: Adavize BAIYE/MSF
Covered in dust, four-year-old Ahmed* sits on his father`s lap outside the MSF hospital in west Mosul. The boy devours a biscuit that’s just been handed to him, covering his face in chocolate. For the moment, Ahmed seems distracted from the horrors he`s survived, including the death of his two…
Narcisse Wega Kwekam is the deputy emergency programme manager for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He recently returned from Tanganyika province, an area where clashes between communities have forced large numbers of people to leave their homes. Many are subsequently living…
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
Covered in dust, four-year-old Ahmed* sits on his father`s lap outside the MSF hospital in west Mosul. The boy devours a biscuit that’s just been handed to him, covering his face in chocolate. For the moment, Ahmed seems distracted from the horrors he`s survived, including the death of his two…
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
Dr Tufail Ahmad is a Pakistani doctor working at MSF’s nutrition programme at the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, Eastern Baluchistan, Pakistan. Tufail Ahmad is examining a severely malnourished child admitted in Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) in MSF’s Dera…
One year old triplets, Haniya, Iftikhar and Taha were successfully treated at MSF newborn unit in Dera Murad Jamali, district Nasserbad. The babies were brought to MSF medical facility with low birth weight. Photo: Nasir Ghafoor/MSF
  Jyothi JoseAs an anaesthetist, Jyothi Jose follows a simple rule: try not to get attached to patients or their stories. It’s a rule that’s served her well wherever she has worked. However, in the three weeks she spent with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the world’s…
Most patients suffering from noma are children under the age of six, whose immune systems have been weakened by malnutrition. Photo: Adavize BAIYE/MSF
Narcisse Wega Kwekam is the deputy emergency programme manager for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He recently returned from Tanganyika province, an area where clashes between communities have forced large numbers of people to leave their homes. Many are subsequently living…
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
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