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Five inspirational stories from our staff around the world - September 2021

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

Afghanistan: “Treating patients is our responsibility. There’s a lot of work on our shoulders”

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An MSF medic treating a child for malnutrition in Herat hospital, December 2020
An MSF medic treating a child for malnutrition in Herat hospital, December 2020
 

I find it inspiring that during the fighting there were people running towards the hospital to help...

After months of fighting on the outskirts of Herat, on 12 August the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, also known as the Taliban) took control of the city itself. Here, MSF runs medical projects treating malnutrition, COVID-19, and a clinic for displaced people. Now, amid growing uncertainty across the country, one MSF medic describes how the Herat team kept services running throughout the conflict, and the new challenges facing healthcare today.

AN MSF MEDIC'S STORY >

 

She’s looking at me… she’s alive”: The extremely premature baby who fought all expectations

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Patients outside the main entrance of the MSF hospital in Lankien, South Sudan
Patients outside the main entrance of the MSF hospital in Lankien, South Sudan

She did not want to see her baby because she was certain that she was already dead

MSF midwife Priscilla tells the powerful story of one of her tiniest and most vulnerable patients, born at just 26 weeks into a remote maternity unit in South Sudan. With the odds stacked against her survival, both family and staff will need to work hard to save this little life.

PRISCILLA'S STORY >

 

Sudan: Putting refugees on the map

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A satellite image of tracks in Um Rakuba refugee camp
A satellite image of tracks in Um Rakuba refugee camp

Detailed and up-to-date maps can provide a concise summary of the big picture. However, with refugees arriving on a daily basis, the picture in Sudan is constantly changing.

When a chaotic crisis hits a remote region, one vital tool is often missing: an accurate map. Andries, a mapping expert, takes us inside the world of 'GIS' and explains the role this specialist tech has played in treating Ethiopian refugees now sheltering in Sudan.

ANDRIES' STORY >

 

Yemen: "The people of Taiz are paying a heavy price for this war"

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A midwife helping a mother to walk after going through a caesarean at Al-Jamhouri Hospital in Taiz City, Yemen
A midwife helping a mother to walk after going through a caesarean at Al-Jamhouri Hospital in Taiz City, Yemen

When I opened my eyes, there were bullet marks on the walls of the hospital room and I wondered if I was hit by any of them

"I had made all my life plans," explains Shroq, "life had other ideas". After years caught amid Yemen's brutal civil war, the MSF doctor shares her deeply moving personal experience of living and working in this country torn apart by conflict.

SHROQ'S STORY >

 

Nigeria:  “I always say noma is a wicked disease”

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The front entrance of the noma hospital in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria
The front entrance of the noma hospital in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria

Many parents don’t know what noma is. When they start to see the symptoms, they don’t know what to do.

Noma is a little-known but devastating disease that can particularly affect children, causing life-threatening impairments and leaving survivors with severe facial disfigurements. From a dedicated noma hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria, operating theatre nurse Veronica now details the efforts her team goes to in delivering this much-needed care.

VERONICA'S STORY >