Barbara Saitta is a nurse with a Masters in Public Health. She's been working with MSF since January 2009. Her first mission was in Colombia, which was the first time she encountered the challenging work of transporting and keeping vaccines "cool" during mobile clinics - a difficult task without electricty and a properly-functioning refrigerator.
After Colombia, Barbara worked in Haiti during the cholera outbreak in 2010. In 2011 Barbara went to DRC, where MSF started to see the first cases of one of the biggest measles outbreaks in Katanga. It was the first time she witnessed the incredible logistical planning that goes into a major vaccination campaign. Since 2012, Barbara has been working mainly on vaccination and epidemic responses. She started in 2012 as a Vaccination and Infection Control Advisor and moved to New York in 2015 to work with MSF's Access Campaign (who are an amazing team!!) on the Fair Shot Campaign.
MSF launched the Access Campaign in 1999, after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The purpose of the campaign has been to push for access to, and the development of life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for patients in MSF programmes and beyond.