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Five inspiring blogs from Doctors Without Borders - May 2020

On the ground, around the world, our staff are delivering medical aid 365 days a year. Here's our selection of eyewitness stories from the frontline in May.

* Some of these stories were written before social distancing measures were implemented *

1. MSF saved my brother - now I work around the world to help others

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Aisha Akello works with MSF at an IPD camp in Ngala, northeast Nigeria
Aisha Akello works with MSF at an IPD camp in Ngala, northeast Nigeria

When I was living in the camp, I never imagined myself accomplishing something as I am today

As a child living in a displacement camp in Uganda, Aisha Akello first found MSF when her brother needed urgent treatment. More than thirty years later and now working as an MSF midwife, she shares her inspiring story.

AISHA'S STORY >


2. "I will never forget her face": Saving lives from snakebite

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A four-year-old patient bitten by a puff adder lays next to her mother at an MSF hospital in South Sudan
A four-year-old patient bitten by a puff adder lays next to her mother at an MSF hospital in South Sudan

I would see many more arrive with terrible wounds in similar situations. Mostly women and children. Not all survived.

Back home, Australian doctor Paras has seen snakebite victims in intensive care saved with antivenom. Now, in the middle of the South Sudanese bush, she shares the human consequences of neglecting this medical emergency, as well as the story of one young patient that will stay with her.

PARAS' STORY >


3. COVID-19: Debunking myths and quelling fears in DRC

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An MSF staff member hosts a COVID-19 health promotion training and information session with a group of volunteer community healthcare workers in the village of Kiziba, North Kivu province, DRC
An MSF staff member hosts a COVID-19 health promotion training and information session with a group of volunteer community healthcare workers in the village of Kiziba, North Kivu province, DRC

COVID-19 is complicated around the world, but in countries like the DRC the challenges are exacerbated by persistent extreme poverty, instability, conflict and a healthcare system that is barely functioning.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, so do the rumours surrounding the virus. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, MSF health promoter Sabrina and her team are taking these myths head-on – working to engage vulnerable communities and help them stay safe.

SABRINA'S STORY >


4. Sturdy boots and strong blue cheese: What I pack in my MSF kit bag

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MSF logistician Daniel Campbell
MSF logistician Daniel Campbell

I have to keep my bags packed for a variety of locations, climates, and conditions

With his bag packed and ready to go, British logistician Dan runs through the “universal” items that will help get him through an assignment anywhere in the world.

DAN'S STORY >


5. I'm an MSF pharmacist, and together we save lives

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Lamya helps to unload cargo at the airstrip
Lamya helps to unload cargo at the airstrip

My mind rushes to calculate the amount of medication we have left in the pharmacy. It’s a daunting feeling knowing that we only have a few weeks' supply

A young boy is in a critical condition. He'll need life-saving medication, possibly for months. But in this remote location, securing medicines is no easy matter. Lamya blogs from South Sudan.

LAMYA'S STORY >