Chris Bird, a former Reuters and Guardian reporter, put down his notepad leaving more than 10 years of news reporting to study medicine with the intention of returning to front lines where he can be hands-on saving lives and alleviating the kind of suffering he wrote about.

Dr. Bird left for his first assignment in October as an aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and blogs from our hospital in Kimbi Lulenge health zone in Lulimba, a small town in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). South Kivu is a hotbed of violence where civilians bear the brunt of the conflict leaving them often displaced and vulnerable to disease, malnutrition, and war-related injuries. Dr. Bird works in a hospital which provides free primary and secondary health care.

Chris Bird reported from the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia. He is a paediatrician from the UK, has roots in both Oxford and London, and is married with four kids.