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The fight against tuberculosis (TB) has taken Thomas Albuquerque from Mumbai to Uzbekistan. He tells us what it’s like to battle the deadly disease in households and health facilities, and why Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) goes the extra mile. MSF teams work to…
February 14, 2017
Photo: Misha Friedman

Stories from the field

In Leer and Mayendit counties, in the central part of South Sudan, people are constantly being forced to flee the shifting frontlines of the fighting. After its hospital in Leer was repeatedly attacked, MSF realised it needed new ways to provide them with medical care. British doctor Philippa Pett…
An MSF doctor and a community health worker examine a child suffering from malnutrition. Photo: Nicolas Peissel/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
The fight against tuberculosis (TB) has taken Thomas Albuquerque from Mumbai to Uzbekistan. He tells us what it’s like to battle the deadly disease in households and health facilities, and why Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) goes the extra mile. MSF teams work to…
Photo: Misha Friedman
Nishanth Arulappan, a doctor from Vellore, Tamil Nadu, worked in Yemen from August-December 2016, and witnessed the consequences of a brutal war. In this first-person account, he tells us why he doesn’t regret the time he spent there. Originally named “Arabia Felix”, the Latin equivalent of “…
When war escalated in Yemen, Sana was abroad, having just qualified as a doctor. Hearing the news, she felt compelled to return to Taiz, scene of some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting. Now she works in the malnutrition ward of MSF’s Mother and Child hospital in the divided city. “I had just…
Christopher McAleer, an MSF logistician, is just back from Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, on the frontline of the war. “Taiz has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the recent conflict. There are airstrikes going on, and constant indiscriminate shellfire, both into and out of the city. The…
Many health workers take great personal risks working in Taiz, and many fear for their lives while at work. Photo: 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
Muwaffaq Mreish, 51 years old From Damascus, Syria “I was living in Damascus when my house was bombed. We lost our property along with all of our furniture. My mother’s and my siblings’ houses were destroyed too. I needed to leave Syria to protect my sons – our lives would have been at risk if…
Photo: Shafiq Olabi/MSF
They survived enslavement, kidnapping, persecution, poverty and in some cases, sexual abuse. To them, the only light on the horizon lay just beyond the Mediterranean. They knew the journey would be long and even potentially deadly. Still, they decided to risk it all at sea — some for the sake of…
Photo: Mohammad Ghannam/MSF
In Leer and Mayendit counties, in the central part of South Sudan, people are constantly being forced to flee the shifting frontlines of the fighting. After its hospital in Leer was repeatedly attacked, MSF realised it needed new ways to provide them with medical care. British doctor Philippa Pett…
An MSF doctor and a community health worker examine a child suffering from malnutrition. Photo: Nicolas Peissel/MSF
The fight against tuberculosis (TB) has taken Thomas Albuquerque from Mumbai to Uzbekistan. He tells us what it’s like to battle the deadly disease in households and health facilities, and why Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) goes the extra mile. MSF teams work to…
Photo: Misha Friedman
Nishanth Arulappan, a doctor from Vellore, Tamil Nadu, worked in Yemen from August-December 2016, and witnessed the consequences of a brutal war. In this first-person account, he tells us why he doesn’t regret the time he spent there. Originally named “Arabia Felix”, the Latin equivalent of “…
When war escalated in Yemen, Sana was abroad, having just qualified as a doctor. Hearing the news, she felt compelled to return to Taiz, scene of some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting. Now she works in the malnutrition ward of MSF’s Mother and Child hospital in the divided city. “I had just…
Christopher McAleer, an MSF logistician, is just back from Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, on the frontline of the war. “Taiz has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the recent conflict. There are airstrikes going on, and constant indiscriminate shellfire, both into and out of the city. The…
Many health workers take great personal risks working in Taiz, and many fear for their lives while at work. Photo: MSF
At least 90 people were killed and 120 wounded on 17 January in an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian military on a camp for displaced people in Rann, in the east of Nigeria’s Borno state. An MSF medical team, which had started work in the camp just a few days earlier, provided first aid to 120…
Mohammed, medical coordinator, during evacuation of wounded people after the bombing of one IDP camp in Rann, Nigeria. Photo:  Mohammed Musoke
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