I am a paediatrician from Sweden. I'm currently on my first assignment with MSF, working in a paediatric hospital in Bafata, Guinea-Bissau.
"But today, when I arrive at ward, the bed is empty. I’m told that the mother disconnected the oxygen and left with the child, who still had breathing problems..."
"Issufai had had fever for three days and had had several seizures, but eventually the family took him to the health centre, which then sent him to the hospital with MSF transport. The test for malaria was positive and Issfai’s fever was over 40 degrees. One hour after the seizure stopped, he lay still on the bed with his eyes open and blank."
"I am going to tell you a little about Fatumata, a three-year-old girl who was hospitalised. She was severely undernourished and mostly skin and bones. But that was not the reason her grandmother and mother brought her to hospital. They brought her because of the fever and respiratory distress that the traditional medicine they tried first didn’t take away."
Mårten is a paediatrician from Sweden, currently working for MSF in Guinea-Bissau. He blogs about how the team rallied around a tiny baby who was born too early...
"Eight-year-old Mamadu looks up at me from where he is lying on the hospital bed. He looks a little scared and I can certainly understand him. This is the first time he has been able to see in two weeks, ever since he fell out of the mango tree and ended up here in a coma."