After an eventful arrival at a remote hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Ida Moberg faces more unexpected challenges. Living in a community under the threat of gunfire, Ida takes on a strained children's ward and an 11-year-old patient with suspected cholera.
Now she feels at home in Kibomba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Promoter Izzy Scott Moncrief has been busy battling through thunderstorms and over muddy trails to screen patients for sleeping sickness (HAT).
A bomb scare delays her flight, she's struggling with Swahili, and the rainy season has swept away the bridges that Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) use to reach the remote hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Ida Moberg may be only at the start of her first assignment, but she's already adopted a new motto...
My dad’s response to me telling him that I’d received my mission posting out here was: “Oh such great news! What’s DRC?” After a bit of “you’re not going”, and “why can’t you just do something normal?”, and some minor visa-related hurdles, I’ve ended up here – the bustling metropolis of Kibombo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
When thousands of people flee violence at home, they can find themselves without access to food, water or medical help. Vera Schmitz is an Austrian nurse who has just returned from Gbadolite, Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was part of an MSF / Doctors Without Borders emergency project to help a community with very limited resources...
On an early morning in November, a knock at my door. They were here. A dance troupe, a film crew, a graffiti artist, two Congolese hip-hop stars and five HIV activists, one of whom was heavily pregnant. All the planning, the recordings, the rehearsals, it was all culminating in this.
"I'm writing from Brussels Airport. A little tired after long flight, anxious to get home. And, I have to admit, a little nervous about how to react when I get home, how the acclimatisation process will be. Everyone I talked to says the same thing: the hardest thing about being on an assignment with MSF is going home..."