For the displaced people in camps scattered across northeast Nigeria, protection often ends at the compound gate. Armed groups operate in these areas, waiting to attack the vulnerable when they leave the camp to search for firewood to cook with. Michael Githinji, who describes himself as a “maker”, recently visited Pulka camp to see if he could find a design solution to their problems.
"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..."
When Tomas arrived in South Sudan, he found he was missing one bit of surgeon’s kit. Here he explains how the instruments he ordered mainly as a precaution meant the team had a chance to save a young boy’s life.
Armando is a doctor working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctor Without Borders (MSF) in Chad. Here he blogs about the significance of Lake Chad: a crossroads of violence, hope and solidarity during recent armed conflict.
Brazilian administrator Fabio Biolchini has just returned from a year with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s emergency team in Democratic Republic of Congo, responding to epidemics and other crises across the breadth of this vast country.
Eleanor is a British field communications manager working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ukraine. Here she blogs about meeting pensioners living in the country's 'buffer zone', cut off from supplies and deeply traumatised by the conflict.
Bonjour. My name is Jonathan and I am writing you from my first mission with MSF. I am a medical doctor trained in emergency medicine, originally from eastern North Carolina in the USA. Like everyone from my part of the state, I am a big fan of barbecue. So you, the reader, are aware of the proper definition of barbecue, it is chopped pork with a vinegar-based sauce and anyone else who tells you different is just wrong.
But this love did not keep me around my home, and I have travelled quite a bit, both for fun and professional reasons. I’ve picked up a few languages and hobbies. They are, in no particular order: Portuguese, Capoeira, Hebrew, Spanish, diving, and now a distinctly African version of French.
I finished my specialty training about one and a half years ago, and while applying to work with MSF I moved to the American Southwest to do some training in wilderness medicine, take an intensive french class, and buy a Volkswagen van. Fast forward to January 10, 2017, Teresa (my van) is safely in my parents' garage and I am on a plane to Bossangoa, my new home for the next six months.
Bossangoa is a very large project run by MSF. It consists of supporting the operation of a hospital in partnership with the Ministry of Health, as well as supporting many district health centers and health posts in the prefecture of Ouham in the northern portion of the Central African Republic.