Fieldset
Four moving stories from the frontline of our work - January 2021

This month, we share tales of hope, heartbreak and humanitarianism from MSF teams in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan and Haiti

1. Ethiopia: "If hospitals can't be accessed, then people die at home"

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An MSF car crosses a caravan of camels during an assessment in an area of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia
An MSF car crosses a caravan of camels during an assessment in an area of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia
 

On roads where the security situation remained uncertain, we trucked food, medicine and oxygen to these hospitals

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Getting access for our emergency teams has been challenging, but Albert Viñas has just got back. He shares what he found...

ALBERT'S STORY >

 

2. New footprints in an uncertain world

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The footprints of babies who have been discharged after treatment at the MSF Goyalmara Mother and Child hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
The footprints of babies who have been discharged after treatment at the MSF Goyalmara Mother and Child hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

It was decided to make a mark on the wall for every newborn child that survived a difficult welcoming into the world. That mark was to be a footprint. One for every child that got to go home.

In early 2020, a simple artwork was started at an MSF hospital in Bangladesh to celebrate healthy children being discharged from intensive care. One year on, it's become a beacon of hope and humanitarian healthcare.

 

3. “We hope they wake up”: Saving children from cerebral malaria in South Sudan

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A bed in the paediatric intensive care unit in Aweil, South Sudan, awaits its next patient
A bed in the paediatric intensive care unit in Aweil, South Sudan, awaits its next patient

They know the challenges better than me: children come in very sick, some survive against the odds, and some don’t

Paediatric doctor Madeleine describes how an MSF team are dealing with the terrible effects of cerebral malaria on young children as the dangerous malaria "peak" hits.

 

4. Breaking down the wall: Trauma surgery in Haiti

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An MSF surgical team at Tabarre trauma hospital in Haiti prepare to treat a patient
An MSF surgical team at Tabarre trauma hospital in Haiti prepare to treat a patient

There was nothing else we could have done. No one is at fault except whoever pulled the trigger.

London-based surgeon Francesco Virdis shares his humbling and human experience after an intense assignment in Tabarre, Haiti.