Every now and then I pause in the middle of a hectic work day and find myself feeling immense joy over the fact that I am exactly where I want to be. Being a psychologist and working in the field for MSF were dreams I had since I was a teenager.
How fortunate I am for being able to fulfil my wishes - not everybody in the world can experience that. But then as suddenly as it appeared, this brief moment of reflection is over. A patient asks for help, a child cries, a coworker asks for support, a doctor wants to consult you, the electricity breaks down, a driver rushes us to leave for an outreach visit.
This is field work.I have spent the last four years working in the field for MSF. Currently I am based for one year in beautiful Zimbabwe, where MSF supports a psychiatric hospital, and provides treatment and care for mentally ill inmates in a prison unit and an HIV/TB clinic.