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Five inspiring blogs from Doctors Without Borders - February 2020

From a nurse on a search and rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean, to a team of logistics specialists ensuring the smooth running of operations in South Sudan, here are five inspiring eye-witness stories from our staff around the world.

Karla Claus (top right) with the Maban logistics team in South Sudan

1. Saving lives at sea: Part one

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People are transferred from the wooden boat to the Aquarius' rigid hulled inflatable boats
People are transferred from the wooden boat to the Aquarius' rigid hulled inflatable boats

We are approaching the blue wooden boat... Thankfully it looks stable. As much as a tiny, overcrowded matchbox boat in the middle of the Mediterranean is ever stable.

In this dramatic two-part series, nurse Catherine recounts a rescue in the Central Mediterranean that nearly ends in disaster for dozens of men, women and children fleeing violence in Libya. 

 

CATHERINE'S STORY >


2. This picture shows more than just footprints

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Footprints from children treated at Goyalmara hospital in Bangladesh
Footprints from children treated at Goyalmara hospital in Bangladesh

What could be more innocent and yet more powerful?

In an MSF hospital in Bangladesh, there is a wall covered in tiny, colourful footprints. Water and sanitation specialist Paul explains what this simple artwork represents and how it is inspiring both staff and patients. 

 

PAUL'S STORY >


3. An emergency in Burundi: "We were his best and only hope"

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A road accident victim is brought to MSF's trauma centre in Bujumbura, Burundi
A road accident victim is brought to MSF's trauma centre in Bujumbura, Burundi


Trying to describe your feelings afterwards is impossible

When a seriously injured man is brought to MSF's trauma centre in Bujumbura, Burundi, anaesthetist Kariantti and the medical team do everything they can to try to save his life. But, with limited resources, their options are running out... 

 

KARIANTTI'S STORY >


4. Speedboat medics: Reaching cut-off communities in Rakhine

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An MSF outreach team walking in from their boat in Central Rakhine
An MSF outreach team walking in from their boat in Central Rakhine

Picturesque and beautiful... but this is not a tourist hotspot

When advocacy advisor Emily joins a mobile medical team visiting remote Rohingya camps in Myanmar, she gains insight into the challenges of delivering healthcare to this minority group, as well as the limited freedoms and services available to communities.

 

EMILY'S STORY >


5. Meet the women doing "men's work"

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Karla Claus (centre) with her fellow female logistics supervisors, Marine Leloup and Mariam Mahgoub
Karla Claus (centre) with her fellow female logistics supervisors, Marine Leloup and Mariam Mahgoub

For the three of us, gender isn't an issue

Logistics is at the heart of MSF’s lifesaving work, ensuring our medical teams can respond quickly and effectively to any emergency. But, while MSF strives for gender equality, logistics is a male-dominated field. Logistician Karla introduces us to three women breaking the mould. 

 

KARLA'S STORY >


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