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...
Ian is in Bangladesh, where MSF / Doctors Without Borders is providing medical care to Rohingya refugees. Since August 2017, over 620,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Bangladesh, fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Today he blogs about three babies who arrived at the clinic with the same symptoms, but with very different causes...
"Reflecting back on how I am feeling, I think that one of the things I am missing most is therapeutic touch. For almost all of my adult life I’ve been a doctor, and through this have had regular touch with my patients, whether examining chests, and joints, or through taking a pulse or holding the hand of someone who has been hurt emotionally. Now I’m in an advisory and managerial role with no clinical work I’m missing this contact..."
"My medical colleague at the hospital calls me a maverick. She says it’s the reason we get on so well, working together as a great team. If there isn't a conventional way to treat a patient, I think laterally and may adopt another, less conventional, approach..."
"The telephone call woke me up. The doctor on duty in the Emergency Department wanted to discuss the management of a baby boy who could not pass urine properly because there was a bladder stone blocking the flow. I looked at my watch, it was 5 am."
"I have now been working at the Kutupalong clinic for six weeks, nearly halfway through my field assignment. The clinic is the largest MSF facility in the area providing emergency, outpatient, maternity, mental health and inpatient care for the Rohingya and local population. When you are by yourself in the clinic, you spend your day here, there and everywhere. You are called to review patients in all departments, make decisions and support the Bangladeshi staff. These are some of the patients I saw today..."
"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..."