"My life has changed greatly in the past year. Of course I do without many things in life, and the hardest thing for me is the distance from my friends and family. But I get so much back. For one thing, of course, the work is very different from my life as a nurse at a German hospital. My work in the project is more diverse, and I have more responsibility and autonomy, which I really appreciate."
Justin is a British doctor with a background in infectious diseases and public health. He's on his second assignment for MSF, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Previously he worked at an MSF Ebola survivor clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Where he was treating patients suffering from so-called ‘post-Ebola syndrome’, a complex range of symptoms that includes loss of hearing, nausea, fatigue and general poor health.
I'm Daniela, and now with my assignments with MSF I could fulfill a longtime dream. Since early January I am in my second mission. This time I work in Sierra Leone.
The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is over. But a lot of health workers died during the epidemic. So, the health system is down and if people search for help to get treatment for Malaria, respiratory infections or if women want to find a place for a safe birth they can hardly find it. MSF will continue its medical help in Sierra Leone as long as it is needed. I am happy to be part of this! In Magburaka where I work MSF supports the obstetrics and the children's department of the MoH Hospital since January 2016.
Before my work with MSF, I worked at the Kiel University Clinic, in which I have completed my apprenticeship as a nurse in 1998.
I'm based in London doing my paediatric training, but humanitarian work and international health has always been my passion.
I've spent most of the last two years working in Africa. From rural Kenya, the townships of South Africa and more recently Sierra Leone helping to run an Ebola Management centre and returning to set up Ebola survivor clinics.
When not at work you'll find me in the waves with a board, on the yoga mat or more recently on the road training for my first Marathon!