Our principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence have been at the heart of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for nearly 50 years. But what does that look like in a conflict zone? Anthropologist Dale writes…
Charles Ssonko is an HIV/TB advisor based in the Manson Unit – a specialist medical innovation team – at MSF UK. As part of his work in the Central African Republic, Charles blogs about a series of innovative groups that have empowered HIV patients even in times of conflict.
"After my six months here in the Central African Republic I can only say: It is an amazing experience! You learn so much. I am sure that an assignment with MSF will not allow anyone to return home unchanged."
Traditional medicine plays an important role in the Central African Republic. I have more critical view of the issue, because unfortunately we encounter it in two specific situations in hospital: in emergency cases and at discharges against medical advice.