Since the start of the Syrian war, around a million refugees have fled into Lebanon. In Beirut, camps that have housed Palestinian refugees for decades now house the more recently displaced Syrians. South African midwife Zani Prinsloo recently worked in two of these camps, bringing maternal health care to vulnerable women living there.
"I had anticipated my first journey to Bajaur to be nerve-wrecking. I had even prepared myself to feel scared. After all, my choice of going to a far and remote area had been questioned multiple times by myself and others."
'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.'
Sarah is a GP from the UK, on assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Chad, Africa's fifth largest country. She blogs about a series of patient interactions she found desperately frustrating, highlighting how cultural traditions and beliefs can impact peoples' health.
Eleanor is a British field communications manager working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ukraine. Here she blogs about meeting pensioners living in the country's 'buffer zone', cut off from supplies and deeply traumatised by the conflict.
"Our last patient for the day was a three-year-old girl in critical condition: dehydrated, feverish and with a grotesquely swollen belly. She was almost unconscious and had barely measurable blood pressure."