Judith is a midwife from Kenya. She recently completed her first MSF / Doctors Without Borders assignment in Old Fangak, South Sudan. She shares the story of a patient she will never forget...
"Lulwa Al Kilansi is an MSF project manager in the Al Kashafa refugee camp hospital, in White Nile State, Sudan. Lulwa has been working in Al Kashafa for the last six months. In this personal post, Lulwa blogs about life for the people in the camp..."
"I am loving being in the wards, getting to know individual patients and becoming familiar with the most common conditions – malaria, kala azar, brucellosis, typhoid fever and tuberculosis."
"I frequently look for ways to get out from behind my desk and see the work we do. This past Sunday MSF had a blood drive in Aweil. I volunteered to go along and help. No, I was not putting needles in people's arms..."
Innovation can mean finding high-tech solutions. But not always. Earlier this year surgeon Shannon Chan travelled to Bor in South Sudan, where she discovered that you can achieve a lot with local materials and a little ingenuity...
'When I told people that I was headed overseas with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) I would sometimes get a quizzical look, and the comment: “I know your wife is a pediatric nurse, I didn’t know you were a doctor?”'
As an MSF staffer, just arrived in Aweil on my first assignment with MSF, the immediate question comes in from those I left behind in New York City: “What’s it like?”
"I'm really happy about stories like this one: we had a boy with meningitis come into the hospital. After I saw him I really thought he wouldn't make it. The next day I came to see him and I couldn't believe my eyes - he was sitting up in bed and wanted breakfast!"
Our international medical staff often face decisions which would not have to be made in their jobs at home. Here Dr Robert Crumb shares his experience of one day on shift in South Sudan...
Our projects are often in remote locations with extreme weather conditions. Where there are no pre-existing buildings, our teams use tents and other temporary structures to create the life-saving medical facilities our patients need. But these are far from ideal. Construction specialist Carlos blogs from South Sudan about the challenges, and about a new project changing things for the better...