Hello my name is Ed, I am a doctor working in the Central African Republic for MSF.
Central African Republic is as you’d expect: a country in the middle of Africa, a landlocked country with a relatively small population. We are working in a hospital in the north of country which has about 120 beds.
The vast majority of which are for paediatric cases, and we deal with a significant population of malaria patients. About two thirds of all our admissions involve malaria in one form or another, whether that be with a sepsis on top as well.
So we work here and try and provide ongoing longer term medical services as well as an emergency service where anybody can pitch up and get free, at the point of care, healthcare.
The project itself has been going about eight years with MSF. It's relatively busy seeing about 30 or so cases a day, of which 20 or so will be children.
I’ve been working here for just over two months now. My days and weeks involve time split between either working in emergency services and seeing patients as they come in or doing ward rounds on the paediatric ward and then night shifts where we cover the whole hospital as a single doctor.
As I was saying, the vast majority of the project involves the prevention and treatment of malaria and its complications.
Being a French project there's obviously a lot of politics and cigarette smoking during the evenings, sitting around at the compound.
And if we are lucky and someone is visiting from France we might even get some cheese.