'When I told my daughter that my response to the MSF interview question, “How do you deal with stress?” had been the entirely truthful answer, “I tend to make really bad taste jokes”, she told me I’d ruined my chances. Nevertheless they took a punt on me and accepted me onto their list of medics ready for deployment.'
Health Promotion Manager
'I believe a great Excel file can change your life. It has powers beyond comparison and in some lights it glows at me from the screen of my laptop with the halo of an angel. But with excessive exposure, you play a dangerous game, flirting with bleeding eyes and the loss of sensation in your fingertips as the irreversible outcomes.'
Charlotte blogs about her first trip with MSF, to Chad in central Africa. The population in Chad has huge health needs, not nearly enough trained doctors and few medicines and equipment.
"For a month now I been on an MSF assignment in the Mediterranean Sea on our rescue ship Dignity 1. Thousands of people, women, children, men and families are still taking the perilous route across the Mediterranean to reach Europe, because there is still no safe alternative. There are still so many people whose living conditions are so bad that they would rather risk their lives than to stay where they are. "I'll drown rather than go back to Libya", is something we often hear."
Barbara is an MSF nurse and advisor with a special interest in vaccination campaigns. This World Humanitarian Day, Barbara blogs about her first mission with MSF, to Colombia, where she met her first pneumonia patient, and saw the difference that vaccinations can make to children's lives...
"Through health education both in our hospital and in the communities, we hope to increase the awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and therefore reduce the likelihood of severe malnutrition. We also spread other health messages and actively screen for malnutrition to improve the overall health situation in this area."
"My life has changed greatly in the past year. Of course I do without many things in life, and the hardest thing for me is the distance from my friends and family. But I get so much back. For one thing, of course, the work is very different from my life as a nurse at a German hospital. My work in the project is more diverse, and I have more responsibility and autonomy, which I really appreciate."