My name is Laura, and I’m a nurse from Calgary, Canada. I am a neonatal nurse, working with MSF to reduce morbidity and mortality of newborns, and to strengthen the quality of care delivered to our smallest patients.

I have completed two missions with MSF, my first in Afghanistan, and my second in Pakistan. I am now leaving on my third mission, where I’ll be going to the city of Aweil, South Sudan for 9 months. MSF helps run a large maternity and paediatric hospital in Aweil. In fact, it is the only free, full-service hospital for over 100,000 people. South Sudan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world; and access to quality medical care is extremely limited. I will be supervising the Neonatal ICU (NICU) and the Paediatric ICU (PICU).

Through this blog, I hope to be a voice for my patients and my colleagues, and to make more people aware of the suffering and forgotten conflict in South Sudan. I will try to show hope, happiness in light of hardships, and the beautiful resilience of South Sudanese people.