Despite the attacks, many staff stay and continue to work in these insecure environments. This is who they are and why they do it...
When an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo was attacked, MSF nurse Courtney had to decide whether she would be part of the team who would travel to the conflict zone to keep the centre open. She introduces us to the inspiring Ebola workers determined to provide vital care.
I was an outsider, and yet I felt like I belonged to that moment with them
Pandemic or not, services for mums and newborns are a key part of our work. After a non-stop night on a maternity ward in the remote town of Mamfe, southwest Cameroon, US midwife Kirsti reflects on the unique moments she shares with her colleagues and patients.
Then the hurting feet, the nights in the tent, the heat and everything else becomes insignificant. We vaccinate to save lives.
COVID-19 may have grabbed the headlines, but it wasn't the only deadly outbreak in 2020. Through swamps and virtually impassable forests, paediatric nurse Vera rides with a motorbike-mounted medical team – racing to vaccinate children during a dangerous measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
The next few days pass tensely. The rain continues sporadically, softening the runway. Thak and I drive to the airstrip regularly to check on the conditions, willing it to dry. We fear the worst.
When a young patient needed an urgent transfer in impossible circumstances, Dan and the logistics team worked to find a solution to the challenging puzzle. But, in this remote part of South Sudan, not everything was in their control...
It can be hard for society to fathom that a woman can be responsible for an entire family. But I challenged their notions: I refused to listen and I continued working.
Yemen's brutal civil war entered its fifth year in 2020. Amid the violence, health educator Zainab shares her deeply personal story of loss and determination.
The days go by incredibly fast... I’m now used to things that would have seemed impossible to me before
In September the refugee camp in Moria, Greece, was destroyed in a fire. We had repeatedly called for the infamous camp to be closed. This deeply powerful account from Kateřina, a child psychologist, helps to expain why.
This choice was one of the most difficult situations I have ever faced. There was no right answer
The team at Lankien hospital in South Sudan was preparing for their first COVID-19 patients when a violent attack nearby brought a crisis of a different kind. British doctor Jennifer Hulse shares this powerful eyewitness account as the team race to stay safe and save lives.
Four hours by motorbike later, and after making a few detours to avoid the militia, I arrived at the MSF office
What happens when violence breaks out between communities? "Djapan" is 30 years old and works as a community health educator for MSF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He shares his experiences…
We were faced with the reality that conducting health promotion sessions might be impossible
With a COVID-19 lockdown in place, Seinn Seinn and the team have to find new ways to reach the community. But, as she writes, necessity really is the mother of invention.