Paul is a doctor from Ireland, currently working on a project in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here, he shares his thoughts as he begins his first ever assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
John is in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, currently home to almost one million people who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Here he blogs about how the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team he is part of are working together to meet the needs of ordinary people caught up in a desperate situation.
"I’ve been trying to write this all day, but it’s been delayed by 16 calls from a contractor, a visit to the hospital and 30 minutes standing still on top of a septic tank – trying to trick a gang of rats spotted hiding underneath. It’s a far cry from the engineering offices I’m used to..."
Cultural mediator Myriam has been working for MSF / Doctors Without Borders on Lesbos, where people who have made the crossing to Greece from Turkey are forced to live in crowded camps. She explains how offering healthcare allows people living in extremely tough circumstances to once again 'feel human'...
"I saw Beatrice again on Saturday and she was doing well. The woman from outpatients was still happily minding her and hit me with a startling request - she asked me would it be possible for her to adopt Beatrice?"
Tuberculosis (TB) kills 1.8 million people a year. In this vlog, a new patient arrives at the MSF TB clinic in Nairobi, and Mark explains how doctors diagnose multi-drug resistant TB - a form of tuberculosis which can't be cured with the medications most commonly used to treat it.