Five unique stories from our medical work around the world – November 2020

From bearing witness to our patients' powerful stories, to finding innovative ways of sharing important healthcare messages with their communities, here are five unique experiences from Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff in November

1. Sexual violence in Cameroon: Violet's story


An MSF psychostimulation activity for children staying at Maroua General Hospital in Cameroon

What she needs most now is a lot of attention, love and protection

Simple actions can have a significant impact for survivors of sexual assault. MSF psychologist Raimund shares this heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story of a young girl and her family, tragically caught in a climate of violence.



2. Diabetes: "Our patients find joy and strength - they rise from the ashes"


Zeinab holding an education session on nutrition in the MSF clinic at Shatila refugee camp, south Beirut

His eyes lit up as he began to speak about his daughters who, at the time, were still in Syria

How do diabetic patients manage their condition safely in the middle of a healthcare crisis? Patient counsellor Zeinab shares her experience of helping vulnerable people living with the disease to find resilience, despite the challenges.



3. Palestine: The never-ending lockdown


The city of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, where MSF provides mental health consultations

I don’t need to hear more to understand how he feels. I feel the anguish and sadness in his voice.

Psychologist Marilen writes from Nablus, a city in the West Bank, as she retells the experience of several patients who feel that the fear and restrictions brought by COVID-19 are nothing new for them.



4. I am the mask - Part 1


An MSF staff member wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) inside the COVID-19 consultation room at Timergara hospital in Peshawar

An adventure awaits me. Wear us right and stay safe!

Hear from a very different member of the team – not one of our staff, but a piece of equipment who has risen to fame in recent months – in this inventive series of posts from Pakistan.



5. Eswatini: How we joined the Jerusalema dance challenge to help save lives

I’m part of a team which saves lives, but to make sure we’re reaching the people who need us, we have to move along with the times and understand the communities we serve

Reducing the number of people who contract HIV is a major goal for nurse Michelle and the MSF team in Eswatini. Worried that key health information wasn’t reaching the people most at risk, they decided to try a different kind of viral challenge.



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