Chris Sweeney is a nurse from Glasgow, where he works as a health visitor. He's currently in Sierra Leone, on his second assignment with MSF, working with the under 5s as part of a mother and child health programme run by the Ministry of Health.
'My first thought is that the child has severe burns around his thighs and back as the top layer of skin is missing. I move the torchlight from the body towards the bald patches on his head. I look at his face and see a boy with eyes swollen shut. His hands and feet are so swollen you can barely distinguish his fingers and toes. I’m told he is three years old.'
'I’m on my way Masengbeh, to one of the health posts MSF is supporting in Sierra Leone. The journey is 30 minutes from the health centre in a land cruiser, 25 on a motorbike, and several hours on foot. Joining me are two Johns; our logistician assistant and our health promoter. Some of the staff complain about the road being uncomfortable.'