Then the hurting feet, the nights in the tent, the heat and everything else becomes insignificant. We vaccinate to save lives.
Through swamps and virtually impassable forests, paediatric nurse Vera rides with a motorbike-mounted medical team – racing to vaccinate children during a deadly measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I was an outsider, and yet I felt like I belonged to that moment with them
After a non-stop night on a maternity ward in the remote town of Mamfe, southwest Cameroon, US midwife Kirsti reflects on the unique moments she shares with her colleagues and patients.
Amidst this unfolding and urgent organisation of chaos, I noticed a little girl. Wrapped in a foil emergency blanket, she stood still and statuesque..."
It's a cold January evening and the Ocean Viking crew is preparing for a rescue – their fourth in a row with no rest. Writing in vivid detail, communications specialist Hannah takes us on board for a dramatic night at sea. Sadly, our search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean have since ended.
Vaccines save lives. And I don’t say that because a modelling study told me so, but because I have seen it again and again
Italian nurse Barbara shares how the spread of COVID-19 has the potential to disrupt life-saving vaccination campaigns around the world – such as those being delivered by Vera and her mobile medical team in DRC – causing a worrying "double burden" for healthcare systems that could cost young lives.
Understanding aid as a transactional process is fundamentally flawed. We should not help others to even up an exchange, but because of the intrinsic value of other human beings.
Logistician Dan comes to terms with the impact of COVID-19 in the UK and Europe, reflecting on how the pandemic might change society’s view of international humanitarian aid.