Alice is a midwife who has just started her assignment on board MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, run jointly by Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She shares her thoughts about her first rescue on board Aquarius...
"Do I sound proud of our clinic? Well, that’s because I am proud. Every day we walk through a crowd of anxious patients to get to the clinic, and every day we confront apparently insurmountable obstacles, and yet every day we are getting people treated for hepatitis C."
"Besides the hearing loss I am living proof that TB can be beaten. I have never been sick again since completing my treatment. Millions out there are suffering the same illness. I want to tell you now that you can beat it. Do not allow TB to beat you. You are stronger than TB."
"The first time I came home from an MSF assignment – back to the USA after six months in South Sudan – my brain had a hard time integrating the two worlds. Paved roads, indoor plumbing, 24-hour electricity, air conditioning, fresh fruits imported from thousands of miles away, tap water that doesn’t give you parasites, and an endless selection of everything overwhelmed me for a while."
Antonia Zemp has been a nurse in MSF's emergency team since 2015, working in the most urgent emergencies and crises. She recently returned from her latest assignment in Yemen, where she's been part of the response to the cholera outbreak there...
What is hepatitis C? How do people catch it, and what does it mean when you have it? Theresa is a doctor working at the MSF hepatitic C clinic in Phnom Penh, and she blogs about the illness she and the team are dedicating their days to fighting...
Saving lives in the Mediterranean: “Many hoped it would get better, but now they have no choice but the sea.”
As the situation in Libya becomes increasingly unstable, thousands of the people working there have found themselves kidnapped, detained, and abused. Some are later packed onto dangerously unseaworthy boats on the Mediterranean Sea. Cultural mediator Shafiqul blogs about his role on an MSF search and rescue vessel, and shares the stories of some of the people he has met there…