Despite my honest sense I am slowly but surely burning out here in Maitikoulou, I thought I would share with you why I have one of the best jobs in the world. I think the fact I can compose this just before a well-deserved break in the capital, is a good sign this is genuine.
Why perhaps I have one of the best jobs in the world:
1. I spend most of my days treating countless ill but beautiful children who as they get better smile back at you. Nothing beats the joy of working with children and their families, with medicines that cure.
2. I spend my days with the mothers and fathers of beautiful children who smile and laugh at my silly jokes during ward rounds. It is fun to laugh and even more fun to make others laugh.
3. I believe I enjoy the trust of my patients and their families - this is a sacred privilege anywhere in the world.
4. I have a team of MSF volunteers around me, who I would lie down in traffic for, and I believe, they would for me. OK, fine there is no traffic in Maitikoulou but you know what I mean.
5. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, rural CAR.
6. I make my own work schedule, generally. I am my own boss most days. As long as the work gets done and done well, I'm free to plan my days.
7. I am mostly surrounded by dedicated national staff who want to learn, get better and work with MSF.
8. I have the privilege to work with a fragile population where each our medical interventions can truly save a life and alleviate suffering. I can do with MSF what I believe most of us MSF'ers signed up to do.
9. I work for MSF who I believe will give me the tools I need to do my job. Hats off to logistics - they make it possible.
10. I work for an organization whose principles and actions inspire (and sometimes challenge) me.
11. I have never felt a day working for MSF has been wasted. Each day I wake up with a sense of purpose, even if it drains all the energy in my heart, soul, mind and body.
Warm wishes from the Central African Republic,