Johanna Lönn is a nurse from Sweden on her first assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). For seven months she'll be managing a tuberculosis department at the hospital in a refugee camp in Bentiu, South Sudan. The hospital is the only health centre in the camp. Here she blogs about preparing her suitcase and mind for her first-ever assignment.
'Life in South Sudan is very hard. It is particularly difficult to be female in South Sudan. Girls are so vulnerable. Pregnancy is so dangerous. Childbirth, a life-giving event, is too often shadowed by death.'
'My world, a few short square kilometres, comprising all that constitutes any life – the rhythms of food, laughter, a home, sleep, work, friends, love, showers, latrines, and newborn kittens. And the patients and their families, in some fundamental manner, not so different.'