Five compelling posts from our life-saving medical teams – June 2021

This month's highlights from the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) blog

“I congratulate you on your courage”: Helping survivors of sexual violence overcome stigma


Garden at Tongolo centre, Bangui

I reassured the survivor that her suffering was real and that I valued her courage

Counsellor Gwladys explains the significant impact of stigma, and how she and her team at MSF's Tongolo project in the Central African Republic are helping survivors rebuild their lives.



Insha’allah: Finding hope on a maternity ward in Yemen


On the ward at the Taiz Houban Mother and Child Hospital in Yemen

In spite of all she had been through, she was so grateful that we were able to care for her here, deliver her baby safely, and save her life

Obstetrician Sabrina shares the heartbreak and hope experienced by mothers and staff on a maternity ward in the city of Taiz, Yemen.



“I want to tell my story because I am alive”: Finding love and other cures in Ukraine


sergey and natasha, tb survivors

When I entered the MSF programme in Zhytomyr, I was struggling. I was craving drugs all the time but I also wanted to get my life back... As part of my treatment here, I started a methadone substitution therapy. But when I met Natasha, that’s when I felt God freed me...”

Communications manager Nitin meets two patients with an extraordinary love story, who explain how a patient-centred approach is helping people like them successfully complete treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis



South Sudan: “A chain of women surrounded us, spreading their clothes wide to keep us out of sight”


MSF mobile clinic in South Sudan

The women around me and I didn’t speak the same language, but the looks and the smiles we exchanged were so intense that we could understand each other

MSF medical advisor Alyssia Ferrarese has just spent two months in Boma county, South Sudan, as part of a small team assessing people’s health needs and running mobile clinics in remote villages. Living conditions were tough and the work was challenging, but these were more than made up for by moments of deep connection with the local community, say Alyssia. 



Malnutrition in Madagascar: Life, death and drums


A local health centre, or 'CSB' in Madagascar

How many children die like this for lack of affordable community care?

Cut off from affordable healthcare, families living at the heart of Madagascar's food crisis face difficult decisions. Nurse Benjamin Le Dudal shares the experience of one mobile clinic team taking treatment to the people.