Mental Health Activity Manager
"I am looking back on what I thought I would achieve when I arrived, what I thought would happen, and now what I realize was realistic in accomplishing. Like Pandora’s box, it always seems to be the case that when you think something is simple, but start to dig into it that you realize actually there are layers and layers, and for some reason I didn’t think much about this when I started."
Alexander is a doctor from Sweden. He's currently working for MSF / Doctors Without Borders in the Central African Republic, a country where the health system has been badly affected by years of armed violence. Today, we meet some of his patients from the children's ward...
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Obstetrician-gynaecologist Jared Watts is in Jahun, Nigeria, on his first assignment with MSF. This week he joins the Wednesday Dance Club, where shaking your hips is essential therapy...
"But today, when I arrive at ward, the bed is empty. I’m told that the mother disconnected the oxygen and left with the child, who still had breathing problems..."
South African lawyer Eben has just started his first posting with MSF, in Pakistan. He shares his first impressions...
"I am loving being in the wards, getting to know individual patients and becoming familiar with the most common conditions – malaria, kala azar, brucellosis, typhoid fever and tuberculosis."
MSF / Doctors Without Borders medical guidelines are legendary. Whether it's treating cerebral malaria in the under-fives, or how to anaesthetise a patient when the only drugs available aren't used in your home country, the MSF guidelines have been offering clear, concise information to our staff in the field for years. But they're big books, and electronic pdf files are of limited use if you're visiting a clinic with no electricity. Tim Wilkinson blogs about a simple idea that's aiming to change all that...
"As I reflect on my time here I feel full of happiness. What an experience this has been! How lucky am I to have the opportunity to be here? Working for MSF has surpassed my wildest dreams, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. As excited I am to go home, I feel a bit sad to leave. I hope that I see everyone again some day. I will miss each and every one of the people I have met here."