Courtney has just started her second assignment for MSF, as a nurse on board Dignity 1, a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. Here she blogs about what inspired her to join MSF, and about the people attempting to escape danger and insecurity by attempting the perilous journey.
'I just got back from two weeks in Chad in central Africa. I was there to gather interviews, photos and video that MSF can use to communicate with the public and MSF supporters about the malnutrition crisis in the country. Malnutrition amongst children under five is widespread in Chad. This year MSF is running 15 mobile outpatient clinics for malnourished children in villages across the Bokoro region of Chad as well as an inpatient therapeutic feeding centre with an intensive care unit for the sickest children in Bokoro town.'
'About eight months ago, I did not know that caffeine, that magic potion, not only gets adults going in the morning, but when injected at least twice a day, helps you keep breathing if you decide to bless the world with your presence at any time before 34 weeks of pregnancy.'
Emily is a project coordinator in North Kivu, a province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She's part of the emergency response unit, which works fast to respond to the most urgent health needs in the area. Here she blogs about the challenges (and pleasures) of life on the road...
'I’ve just returned from two weeks in central Chad, a landlocked country in central Africa where the climate is hot and dry most of the year. Malnutrition among children is endemic here. Almost half of child deaths in the country are associated with the condition.'