Four brilliant blogs from February 2019

The stories that moved us or made us smile from the frontline of our work around the world

1 - Malaria in Nigeria: “The children have a small chance of survival without us”


“The pressure in the hospital is really high now. Patients are arriving in big numbers and many are in a bad condition.”

As malaria season hits the Nigerian city of Maiduguri - home to thousands of people displaced by conflict - Swedish doctor Marten is striving to save the lives of the 60 children that arrive each day needing urgent care. Through mounting pressure, Marten finds a way to remain positive.


2 - Innovation: Civil war, communities and HIV


“The lack of HIV drugs within the refugee camps resulted in extraordinary acts of bravery by the community leaders and the health workers, as they crossed the bullet-ridden frontline to reach the drug lock-up.”

When violence forced a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo to evacuate, HIV patients were left without access to their medication. In a blog that shows the real human impact of innovation, HIV specialist Charles shares how a community group were inspired to re-cross the frontline in search of life-saving supplies.


3 - Vlog: A day with MSF in Sierra Leone

“After 25 days of treatment, she suddenly started to smile and now she's playing.”

In the first of a series of video diaries from Sierra Leone, paediatric nurse Marcela – better known as Kuki – takes us through a normal day at MSF’s hospital in Kabala District, where there aren’t really any “normal” days. We also meet Marie, a chronically ill four-year-old patient who arrived with only one fully functioning lung.


4 - Team training: Blindfolds, raincoats and antibiotics

“So here I am, one Wednesday morning, standing in front of all the hospital staff. Blindfolded.”

“How bad can it be?” asked Antoine, when he volunteered to help out with a demonstration… then the blindfold went on. In this enjoyable blog from the Central African Republic, the French logistician learns the hard way about antibiotic resistance, as the project’s pharmacist gets creative with his team training.